Hot Summer

  • 1967
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Viewers who've seen the documentary EAST SIDE STORY (1997) have an inkling of the sights this 1960s’ Iron Curtain frolic has to offer; all others can look forward to their first full-length pop-aganda musical about teens on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall. Adolescent hormones run rampant everywhere, even communist East Germany, but party doctrine...read more

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Viewers who've seen the documentary EAST SIDE STORY (1997) have an inkling of the sights this 1960s’ Iron Curtain frolic has to offer; all others can look forward to their first full-length pop-aganda musical about teens on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall.

Adolescent hormones run rampant everywhere, even communist East Germany, but party doctrine dictates that both flirtatious frauleins and lovelorn lads must spend their school break on a collective farm. Lacking bus fare, the enterprising city teenagers hitchhike their way to their jobs in the boondocks and the girls and the boys suppress their mutual attraction by competing for rides. Upon arriving at their gig on the Baltic Coast, the perky communist

adolescents continue to sing and dance about romance while half-heartedly learning their chores. Pranks abound, as when the naughty boys let mice loose in the girls dorm. Only willful Brit (Regine Albrecht) refuses to play by the house rules; not only does she toy with the affections of both Wolf (Hanns-Michael Schmidt) and Kai (Frank Schobel), but she also dares to break curfew. Toying with delinquency, the immature teens hijack a fishing trawler for a moonlight joyride! Conformist pals like Stupsi (Chris Doerk) feel that Brit’s antics could lead to social anarchy and sure enough, Wolf and Kai start squabbling. Will Brit’s trampy behavior lead to more acts of rebellion and governmental censure for the entire group? Or perhaps, the grown-ups will remember their own youthful indiscretions and the youngsters can still twist and shout their way through their Marxist requirements.

This musical’s Euro-rock 'n' roll tunes would have been considered too inane for Western musicals, even by the less-than-hip standards of the Patti Page 1950s, and the choreography combines high-school musical blocking with gymnastic floor exercises. But no matter: The sight of sex-deprived teens gyrating in synchronous patterns that could have been lifted from a blooper reel by Leni Riefenstahl are too jaw dropping to miss.

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