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The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís

"I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side - the Communist side - of the Iron Curtain." Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sís shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believe whatever he was told to believe. But adolescence brought questions. Cracks began to appear in the Iron Curtain, and news from the West slowly filtered into the country. Sís learned about beat oetry, rock 'n' roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola.

Empire of Friends: Soviet Power and Socialist Internationalism in Cold War Czechoslovakia; by Rachel Applebaum

The familiar story of Soviet power in Cold War Eastern Europe focuses on political repression and military force. But in Empire of Friends Rachel Appelbaum shows how the Soviet Union simultaneously promoted a policy of transnational friendship with its Eastern bloc satelites to create a cohesive socialist world. This friendship project resulted in a new type of imperial control based on cross-border contacts between ordinary citizens.

"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.

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

Toyen

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.

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