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Singing the Blues in Red ()

Fatherland (original title)
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A singer swaps the political intimidation of working in East Germany for the equally controlling capitalist music industry in the West.

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Gerulf Pannach ...
Klaus Dittemann
Fabienne Babe ...
Emma de Baen
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Drittemann also known as James Dryden
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Lucy Bernstein
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East German lawyer
Heike Schroetter ...
Marita (as Heike Schrötter)
Patrick Gilbert ...
Thomas
Stephan Samuel ...
Max
Heinz G. Diesing ...
Jürgen Kirsch (as Heinz Diesing)
Eva Krutina ...
Rosa
Marlowe Shute ...
American Official
Hans Peter Hallwachs ...
Rainer Schiff
Jim Rakete ...
Braun
Winfried Tromp ...
Herr Hennig
Bernard Bloch ...
Journalist
Julia Breit
Roy Schmuckermeier
Thomas Öhlke ...
Young Drittemann (as Thomas Oehlke)
Ronald Simoneit ...
Uwe
Florrie Buck

Directed by

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Ken Loach ... (as Kenneth Loach)

Written by

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Trevor Griffiths ... ()

Produced by

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Fritz Buttenstedt ... co-producer
Raymond Day ... producer
Marin Karmitz ... co-producer
Herbert Kloibert ... co-producer (as Herbert C. Kloiber)
Catherine Lapoujade ... associate producer
Irving Teitelbaum ... executive producer
Ingrid Windisch ... associate producer / line producer

Music by

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Béla Bartók
Benjamin Britten
Christian Kunert
Gerulf Pannach

Cinematography by

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Chris Menges

Film Editing by

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Jonathan Morris

Editorial Department

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Tony Pound ... first assistant editor

Art Direction by

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Martin Johnson

Costume Design by

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Antje Petersen

Makeup Department

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Marianne Müller ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Wolfgang Bajorat ... unit production manager
Maggie Parsons ... unit production manager
Dominique Toussaint ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Andrea Buttenstedt ... assistant director
Gilbert Funke ... assistant director

Art Department

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Peter Alteneder ... property master
Sue Aylett ... assistant art director
Beltec ... construction
Manfred Geber ... props
Henrik Gross ... props
Roland Mabille ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Kevin Brazier ... dubbing mixer
Norman Engel ... sound mixer
Karl-Heinz Laabs ... sound recordist (as Karl Laabs)
Colin Martin ... dubbing mixer
Isabelle Rathery ... assistant dubbing mixer
Graham Sutton ... assistant dubbing mixer
Gerd Willert ... sound mixer

Special Effects by

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David Pratt ... titles

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David Raitt ... titles

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dieter Bähr ... key grip
Dieter Dentzer ... electrician
David Farrell ... still photographer
David Fitzgerald ... focus
Bernd Huebner ... gaffer (as Bernd Hübner)
Klaus Peter Lübs ... electrician
Robert Scheuer ... electrician
Ronald Simoneit ... still photographer
Peter Uhlig ... loader

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kati Berking ... wardrobe mistress (as Karin Berking)

Location Management

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Wolfgang Bajorat ... unit location manager
Gilbert Funke ... location unit manager
Maggie Parsons ... unit location manager
Dominique Toussaint ... unit location manager

Music Department

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Caroline Speed ... music consultant

Script and Continuity Department

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Gabriele Mattner ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Klaus Bieling ... driver
Richard Harvey ... driver
Wolfgang Krüger ... driver
Eric Planet ... driver

Other crew

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Saundra Cadiou ... accountant
Sylvie Chevereau-Marchais ... production coordinator
Marita Frei ... production coordinator
Alistair Keith ... runner (as Alistair Keith McLean)
Monika Kölling ... crowd agent
Nicola Lockey ... publicist
Lindsay Merrison ... researcher
Inge Ruf ... accountant

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Richard Creasey ... special thanks
Roger James ... special thanks
Karen Margolis ... special thanks
Mo Teitelbaum-Kestrel ... special thanks (as Mo Teitelbaum)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Persona Non Grata in his homeland, protest singer Klaus Drittemann must leave East Berlin, his wife and child and emigrate to West Berlin, where the representatives of an American record company are eagerly waiting for him. They plan to exploit his defection from communism both ideologically and financially. But Klaus, as ill-at-ease in the West as he was in the East, is reluctant to be used as an expendable commodity. Leaving his contract unsigned (or signed in his manner), he leaves for Cambridge to meet his father, a concert player, who -just like him - left East Berlin thirty years ago as Klaus was a little boy. He is accompanied by a young French journalist, Emma, who knows where his father has been living since he disappeared for more than a decade. The young lady is cooperative but might hide things from him... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Also Known As
  • Vaterland (West Germany)
  • Singing the Blues in Red (United States)
  • Πατρίδα (Greece)
  • Ojczyzna (Poland)
  • Patria (Romania)
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  • 111 min
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