Classical Music And Cold War - Musicians In The GDR

  |  Buy to Own: 03/09/2012
  |  52 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Documentary exploring what life was like for classical musicians in the GDR (German Democratic Republic) after the division of Germany in 1945. Used to advertise the merits of the GDR, classical music was portrayed by the authorities as representative of a culture-loving working people, in direct contrast to the 'decadent', westernised pop music of the day. Those musicians who were not only gifted, but also displayed the correct ideological values, were able to enjoy privileges beyond the reach of the masses. Through interviews with musicians active at the time, both in the GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany (FDR), the film compares and contrasts the lives of those involved, and provides an insight into the way the political system influenced artistic life.