East Side Story Poster

Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: September 5th, 2000

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 16 min

Plot Summary
Though its films were rarely exhibited on the other side of the Iron Curtain, the prolific Soviet film industry churned out more than propagandistic documentaries and epic-length versions of 19th-century Russian novels. This documentary explores the musical comedy genre in the communist era, when, just as in Hollywood musicals, characters broke into elaborately stylized song and dance numbers mid-movie, the difference being that these characters sang in praise of collective farms and factories.

Cast: Margarita Andrushkovich, Chris Doerk, Erich Gusko, Karin Schröder, Brigitte Ulbrich, Barbara Harnisch, Andrea Schmidt, Frank Schöbel

Director: Dana Ranga

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Charming, 1990s, Transformation, Lighthearted