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by Leopold Grün


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.

international title: The Red Elvis
original title: Der Rote Elvis
country: Germany
year: 2006
genre: documentary
directed by: Leopold Grün
cast: Celino Bleiweiss, Egon Krenz, Isabel Allende Bussi, Peter Boyles, Maria Moese, Maria Moesel, Armin Müller-Stahl, Wiebke Reed
cinematography by: Thomas Janze
film editing: Dirk Uhlig
music: Dean Reed, Monomango
producer: Thomas Janze
production: Totho
backing: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, DEFA-Stiftung (DE)
distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH
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