Film: The Critics' Choice (book)
A recent documentary about communist musicals called East Side Story assumes that communist-bloc directors were just itching to make Hollywood extravaganzas and invariably wound up looking square and ill-equipped. But Red Psalm, a dazzling, open-air revolutionary pageant, is a highly sensual communist musical that employs occasional nudity as lyrically as the singing, dancing, and nature. That is to say, within its own specially and exuberantly defined idioms, it swings as well as wails.
January 01, 2000