DIR: DANA RANGA. FRANCE, GERMANY 1997. 77 MINS. ENGLISH, RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
The Iron Curtain musical is an overlooked phenomenon but this fascinating and highly entertaining documentary explores the little-known genre and features extracts from myriad musicals such as Tractor Drivers (USSR), Vacation on the Black Sea (Romania) and The Wayward Wife (Czech/GDR). We are also introduced to the ‘Doris Day of the East’ and Stalin’s favourite musical, the classic Volga, Volga, which he reportedly watched over a hundred times. The Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries produced dozens of musicals between the late ‘30s and the mid ’60s. Hollywood-style entertainment for the masses, they were made to distract audiences from the oppressive political realities of their daily lives and were given a little more freedom to circumvent the regulations that governed the content of most Eastern European cinema. Few, if any, were released in the West. This special screening on 35mm is dedicated to the writer and producer of East Side Story, the award-winning, New York-born, Berlin-based film-maker and journalist Andrew Horn who recently passed away.
Screening as part of CINECITY: THe Brighton Film Festival 2019. Each year, CINECITY takes you on adventures in world cinema, bringing you the best in festival previews, live cinema and archive treasures.