CLASSICAL MUSIC AND COLD WAR Musicians in the GDR. A film by Thomas Zintl. Featuring artists and contemporary witnesses like Helmut Schmidt, Peter Schreier, Kurt Masur, Theo Adam, Otmar Suitner, and many more. Arthaus Musik DVD

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CLASSICAL MUSIC AND COLD WAR

Musicians in The GDR

A film by Thomas Zintl

Featuring artists and contemporary witnesses like Helmut Schmidt, Peter Schreier, Kurt Masur, Theo Adam, Otmar Suitner, Jochen Kowalski, Christine Mielitz, Siegfried Matthus, Walter Felsenstein and many more.

In 1945, after the war had ended, the world split into East and West in political terms. The frontier between the two blocs cut straight through Germany and quickly became a dividing line between contrasting cultural systems. In the Soviet occupation zone, major opera houses and concert halls rose again from the ruins and long-established orchestras and choirs were revived. Once the GDR had been founded, the Socialist Unity Party took over responsibility for cultural affairs and quickly developed the idea of a nation of culture-loving working people in deliberate contrast to their portrayal of “Americanized, western capitalists softened by endless consumption“.

Together with sport, classical music was used to advertise the merits of the GDR. Like all other areas of art it was instrumentalized for ideological purposes, and its protagonists - provided they displayed the necessary talent and were not regarded with suspicion by the state security service - often enjoyed extraordinary privileges. This combination of art and dictatorship created an environment in which music-making of world quality was able to flourish.

Through case studies of individuals who lived under the system, the documentary explores the fates of both the privileged and the non-privileged, and delivers insight into the influence of the political system on artistic life. The film includes interviews with contemporary witnesses both from GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG).

In my opinion, comrades, we really should end the monotony of this Yeah, Yeah, Yeah or whatever they call it“ (SED General Secretary Walter Ulbricht about pop music).

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 5, NTSC

Audio Language: DE

Subtitles: IT, GB, FR, ES, JP

Running Time: 52 mins

FSK: 0

Region Code: 0

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