Renegade Films, Defa Musicals, and the Genre Cinema: Heißer Sommer (Hot Summer, Joachim Hasler, 1968)

  • Sebastian Heiduschke


George Cukor’s My Fair Lady opened in East Germany on October 8, 1967, less than a year before the DEFA musical film Heißer Sommer. Joachim Hasler’s summer blockbuster came into East German cinemas on June 21, 1968, and attracted over two million spectators, almost the Hollywood musical’s film attendance, which drew close to 2.25 million viewers.’ Convenient screening locations, a storyline teenagers and young adults could identify with, contemporary tunes from the East German music charts and their singers as lead actors, and the presentation of East Germany as visually appealing homeland all contributed to the success that made Heißer Sommer a cult film and a timeless classic of East German cinema.


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