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Yes, there was Jazz behind the Iron Curtain,
This review is from: Hipsters [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
If you truly enjoyed GREASE, SWING KIDS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIFE, than this movie is for you.
For the people interested in how life was behind the Iron Curtain, this one will let you have a glimpse of it.
You may not be familiar with the Actresses & Actors, only Russians voted them Super Star status's. Because the western media seems closed to their productions.
But I can assure you, they are of the highest quality. Having grown up in the 50's,I felt transported back in time. People in the west do not know, that life behind the Iron Curtain could be other than grey. I remember visiting east German relatives (I was born in west Germany), who looked forward to dance through the night, to swing and jazz tunes. Sometimes they went to the Mecklenburg lake beaches, meeting young russian and polish (Girls & Boys from the local military bases) hipsters. I remember the Girls being dressed in those beautiful petticoat dresses, and woww, how they could dance. The music was simply played back by crankable record players, or young Russians with the "Squeeze Box".
The conflict with the Comsomol and the Young Pioneer (Russian Communist youth organisation)with the hipsters was there, but in the movie this has been exagerrated a little bit.
Perhaps with future western audiences in mind. I remember the battle lines a little bit more fluid. More like a generational conflict.
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