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Czechoslovakia 1918-1968 (1969)
"Czechoslovakia 1968" (original title)

 |  Documentary, Short, History
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Short documentary about 50 years of history of Czechoslovakia, with archive images.

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A virtually wordless visual history of Czechoslovakia from 1918 to 1968, with the last half focusing on the events of the Prague Spring of 1968 when Soviet tanks entered the city to suppress the political and cultural liberalization of the time. The residents of Prague are seen protesting and mobilizing their political strength against the Soviet troops; Alexander Dubcek, leader of the liberal forces as secretary of the Czech Communist Party, is prominently featured. Written by scgary66

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Particularly fascinating given current events

This short won the Academy Award for Documentary Short. There will be mild spoilers ahead:

This is a short composed entirely of archival footage. It begins at the end of World War I and ends in 1968, after covering the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia. The technique used is showing a slide projector moving through the years and showing images.

The first seven minutes cover most of that time, from 1918 to the end of the "Prague Spring". The transition from the heady days of the "Prague Spring" to tanks in the streets is unsettling.

The editing job done to put this together is excellent. It's a very effective piece which is most pertinent today given what's going on between Russia and the Ukraine. The scenes from 1938, showing Chamberlain, Hitler and the Germans taking over, with Hitler's insistence that he was acting to "protect" Germans living in the Sudetenland rings rather familiar for some reason. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

This short can be seen on the internet and is well worth searching out. Recommended.


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