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East Side Story

  • Release Date: Jun 25, 1997
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Dana Ranga


Between the late '30s and the mid-'60s, the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc countries it controlled made numerous films, most of which were either optimistic, joyous fantasies exalting the glories of the new regime or serious, realistic dramas designed to inspire feelings of superiority and patriotism. Heavy government censorship carefully regulated the content of the films so as to avoid criticism of the regime or the promotion of "harmful" political ideas. But one genre of films was given a little...more