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Hot Summer (Heißer Sommer)

music film
TH 20.06.2013 22:30

The East-German Grease

Two groups of secondary-school students – eleven girls and ten boys – meet on their way to a holiday on the Baltic. This unexpected hit and camp classic from the former GDR was inspired by American ‘Beach Party’ films from the early 60s. In a culture gripped by far-reaching political upheaval, this wonderfully guileless and naïve musical meant pure escapism for teenagers behind the Iron Curtain. The film bore a unique promise of freedom and happiness in the Socialist system that fell to pieces when Russian tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia in the Prague Spring of August 1968.

Subtitles in English

In German

Joachim Hasler, DDR, 1968, 91’
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