CANCELED: Four White Shirts
(Četri balti krekli)
(Elpojiet dziļi), (Breathe Deeply)
Uldis Pucitis, Dina Kuple, Liga Liepina,
A young songwriter in the Latvian capital city of Riga struggles to have his lyrics heard over the objections of a female censor. His lyrics resound—in his head as much as on stage, down streets filled with construction trucks and through the lives of young artists—in this inventive musical. The opposition of pop music and bureaucracy ties this Latvian fiction film to the accompanying Hungarian documentary, showing the parallels between socialist states.
Gyula Gazdag, Hungary, 1970
The chiefs of a fuel company’s communist youth organization audition pop groups, but their wish to provide entertainment clashes with their fears of rebellion through rock ’n’ roll.