Books and films about Dean/Bücher und Filme über Dean

Der Rote Elvis

Dean Reed - The Red Elvis/Der Rote Elvis


Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival


01.12.2007 18:00 National Library
08.12.2007 16:00 Von Krahl Theatre
09.12.2007 20:00 Von Krahl Theatre

Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival

The Red Elvis
Der Rote Elvis

Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival

Germany 2007 | 90min

Language: English, German, Spanish, Russian

American singer and actor Dean Reed is a phenomenon. Largely ignored in the West, he was a huge star in South America and the Eastern bloc countries during the Cold War. Dean Reed was a political idealist who loved to entertain, a showman who lived in the GDR; a ladies' man in search of his great love, who saw in Socialism the fulfilment of his personal utopia. He performed German Schlager at "Kessel Buntes", and also had himself photographed in the Lebanon with a machine gun slung over his shoulder.

Dean Reed appeared in 20 films; he produced 13 LPs and gave concerts in 32 different countries. As a US citizen, he enjoyed complete freedom of travel, at the same time extolling the virtues of the wall in interviews. A friend of Salvador Allende, Daniel Ortega and Yassir Arafat, he also campaigned for peace. In 1986 his contradictive life came to a mysterious end in an East Berlin lake.

This film tells the story of Dean Reed's rise and fall. His tragic life is a mosaic dominated by his longing for success and his naïve political engagement at a time when the world was divided by two major ideologies. Reed's mysterious death still gives rise to speculation and is reason enough to take a look behind the fa?ade of his life of showbiz and protest.
Berlin Film Festival

Director: Leopold Grün
Prod: Thomas Janze
Scr: Leopold Grün
DoP: Thomas Janze
Music: Jan Weber, Olivier Fröhlich
Ed: Dirk Uhlig, Nils Hofmann
Production: Totho cmp GmbH

Festivals and awards: Berlin (Panorama), Moscow

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Letzte Änderung: 2012-03-12