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Robert M. Fresco (writer)
Denis Sanders (writer)
Short documentary about 50 years of history of Czechoslovakia, with archive images. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)
Leonid Brezhnev ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Neville Chamberlain ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alexander Dubcek ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ludvík Svoboda ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert M. Fresco 
Denis Sanders 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert M. Fresco  writer
Denis Sanders  writer

Produced by
Robert M. Fresco .... producer
Denis Sanders .... producer
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
Film Editing by
Marvin Walowitz 
Other crew
Norman Gollin .... graphic design

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"Czechoslovakia 1968" - USA (original title)
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13 min
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Particularly fascinating given current events, 26 March 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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