Sign In  |  Shopping Cart Shopping Cart  |  RSS Subscribe to RSS Feed  
Spirituality & Practice
Search This Site
Loading
Find Us On
Follow Me on Pinterest
DonateNow
Sign Up
Conscious Aging Alliance
Conscious Aging Alliance Events
Search Reviews
Title:

Director
First Name:

Director
Last Name:

Keywords:

Medium:
Practice:

Tradition:
About the Database

Search our database of more than 4,500 film reviews. We have been discovering spiritual meanings in movies for nearly four decades.

Film Review

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

 

Singing the Blues in Red
Directed by Ken Loach
JCI Video 1987 DVD/VHS Feature Film
Not Rated

In this film, Klaus Drittemann (Gerulf Pannach), an East German who writes and sings protest songs, leaves his homeland after the government forbids him to perform. In West Berlin, a large record company and some conservative politicians are eager to exploit his defection from Communism. A true rebel at heart, Klaus has no intention of allowing these individuals to write the script of his life in the West.

Leaving his new recording contract unsigned, he heads off to England, accompanied by a journalist (Febienne Babe) who has located his father in Cambridge. Klaus has not seen him since he was a small child. Their encounter helps the songwriter come to terms with his new identity as an artist and as a politically savvy individual.

The screenplay for Singing the Blues in Red by Trevor Griffiths (Reds) is filled with incisive observations about the repressiveness of authoritarian socialist regimes, the decadence of capitalism, and the varied ways in which men and women are forced to sell their souls in order to survive in both the East and the West. Two slogans appear on the screen in the film: “Stalinism is not socialism,” and “capitalism is not freedom.” Director Ken Loach has made a sophisticated political film which is both insightful and engaging.

 

Films Now Showing
Recent VHS/DVD Releases

Reviews and database copyright © 1970 – 2012
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Related Practices
You
  Email This Review
Share |
Film Awards
The Most Spiritually Literate Films of:
 
Purchase from: