DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION
Film producer Otto Kruse brags that he will produce a successful, new kind of revue film, but with escapist musical films being a political hot potato in East Germany, he can not get anyone to agree to work on it. With the project close to collapse, he orders his stage manager Claudia Gluck to "do what it takes" to get it done. Soon she finds herself holding a dramaturg, composer and set designer hostage in a villa-with orders to keep them there until they create a cheerful musical film. But will they be able to pull it off?
Easily the greatest of all Soviet bloc musicals - and politically the most daring, this 1962 East German DEFA musical spares no expense and is a colorful spectacle of midcentury modernism, and a tour de force of music and dance genres. Like Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges - who discovered that through comedy you could skirt the Hayes Code - Director Gottfried Kolditz uses humor to go places that no other East German filmmaker dared.
Now restored to its original AGFACOLOR - Wide-screen TOTALVISION - 4 channel Stereophonic sound glory, this film is not to be missed on the big screen!
In German with English subtitles
DCP courtesy The DEFA Film Library UMASS AMHERST