East Europe

"Socialism Realized": Life in Communist Czechoslovakia, 1948-1989

"Socialism Realized": Life in Communist Czechoslovakia, 1948-1989


This learning environment enables you to find and analyse multimedia content about the communist regimes in Europe. Using the Czechoslovak example, we describe the specifics of life in the Eastern bloc. The material here attempts to bring the experiences, thoughts, feelings and problems of people who lived during this era to life. Our aim is to reproduce the complexities and dilemmas of life under communism.

Folkways Language Resources

Two of Folkways' language resources have been updated: 


Resources for Students of Russian, an extensive list of web and electronic resources, is now fully updated, with all links checked. 


Моя Россия, a glossed language blog that teaches Russian through discussions of modern demographics, politics, sociology, and culture. 

The Labyrinth of Darkness

This collection includes 8 films by the legendary Czech animator Jiri Barta: A Ballad About Green Wood, The Club Of the Laid Off, The Design, Disc Jockey, The Last Theft, The Pied Piper Of Hamelin, Riddles For a Candy, and The Vanished World Of Gloves.

Alois Nebel

Alois Nebel is a 2011 Czech animated drama film directed by Tomáš Luňák, based on the comic-book trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99. It is set in the late 1980s in a small village in the Jeseník Mountains, close to the Polish border, and tells the story of a train dispatcher who begins to suffer from hallucinations where the present converges with the dark past of the expulsion of Germans after World War II.

Postřižiny (Cutting It Short)

Cutting It Short (also released as Shortcuts) (Czech: Postřižiny) is a 1980 Czechoslovak comedy film directed by Jiří Menzel. It is based on the novel Postřižiny by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal. The story is set in a brewery in a Czech small town.

Beg To Report, Sir (The Good Soldier Schweik 2)

Beg to Report, Sir (Czech: Poslušně hlásím) is a 1958 Czechoslovak comedy film directed by Karel Steklý. It is the sequel to The Good Soldier Schweik.

The Good Soldier Schweik

The Good Soldier Schweik (Czech: Dobrý voják Švejk) is a 1956 Czech color antiwar comedy film written and directed by Karel Steklý. It was based on famous novel The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek


Czech author and poet of Czech cinema Jan Nemec presents his unique vision inspired by life and art of surrealist painter Toyen.

Jára Cimrman Lying, Sleeping

Jára Cimrman Lying, Sleeping (Czech: Jára Cimrman ležící, spící) is a 1983 Czechoslovak comedy film directed by Ladislav Smoljak, about the fictional national hero Jára Cimrman.

Eastern Plays

Eastern Plays is the story of two alienated brothers, Hristo or Itso (Hristo Hristov), an artist woodcarver who is struggling with his methadone addiction, and Georgi (Ovanes Torosyan), a high school student who is dragged into a neo-Nazi gang.

Directed by Kamen Kalev
May 17, 2009 ( Cannes)
Running time 83 minutes
Country Bulgaria
Language Bulgarian



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