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Dana Ranga

East Side Story

Edition 1997
75' - 1996 - Documentary - Dialogue: German, Russian, Czech, Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian
Director: Dana Ranga With: Chris Doerk, Erich Gusko, Helmut Hanke
As a whole, the Iron Curtain countries were not known for their gaiety or joie de vivre, but between the cracks of stark socialist realism there somehow appeared a few films that offered their audiences escape, hope and hit songs - served up with colour, elaborate sets, extravagant musical numbers and sometimes even cinemascope and stereo sound. Were socialist musicals merely a way to make propaganda entertaining? Was it possible to portray socialist realism in genre that was considered "the most flagrant offspring of the capitalistic pleasure industry"? Focusing on films from the socialist republics, this film takes an all singing, all dancing peak, behind the Iron Curtain at the “politics of entertainment".

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Credits

Director

Dana Ranga

With

Chris Doerk, Erich Gusko, Helmut Hanke

Scenario

Dana Ranga, Andrew Horn

Director of Photography

Mark Daniels

Editor

Guido Krajewski

Producer

Andrew Horn

More information

Dialogue

German, Russian, Czech, Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian

Countries of production

Germany

Year

1996

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