On the Lighter Side

Miscellaneous Film Clips

Trabant Commercials and Documentaries    24 December 2013

The German Democratic Republic's Trabant was a simple automobile for socialist families, and it has become a collectible idem throughout Europe.  Below are a number of videos related to the Trabant.
Top Gear Television Documentary -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqWqF56aZtc
Levi's commercial from 1995 that features a Trabant -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yiOPgUs1lA
Motor Week "Over the Edge: Cold War Collectible" -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXt0h30V4no

A Millennium of European History    6 November 2013

Click on http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f54_1337075813 for a video that shows how the map of Europe changed over the past thousand years.  There are no dates for the border changes, which provides one with a good test of  major events.

RAF Pilots' Song    18 September 2013


Despite the resemblance, I am not one of the performers in this hilarious music video available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N07darJyUrY.  The lyrics pay tribute to some of the Central European pilots who flew for the RAF during the Second World War.

Wooden Churches in Slovakia    5 April 2013


The photographer Milan Malast has constructed a video presenting his photographs of wooden churches in Slovakia.  More about Malast is at http://fotoklubnova.sk/content/view/84/39/ (in Slovak).

The History of English in Ten Minutes    28 November 2011

Prague Apartment in 1986    23 November 2011

The concrete apartment block was a unique aspect of life under socialism from in the 1960s until the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Made of concrete panels, the multistory buildings were coveted dwellings for couples, especially in light of the housing shortage that always plagued socialist societies.  In the news clip below from 22 November 1986, two friends of mine from Prague, Hana Podloucká, a bookkeeper, and her husband, Petr Podloucký, now a journalist, photographer, and construction supervisor but at the time working in the field of construction for a uranium mine, take possession of their newly-built apartment.  Watch for the scenes that show the construction of a new apartment building.  The interview begins approximately three minutes into the clip.

http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/porady/10132488909-pred-25-lety/211411000111122/video/

Wood Carving Depicting Folk Life in Slovakia    23 November 2011

The owners of Slovak Folk Crafts in Grove City, PA, have unveiled an enormous animated carving with 82 moving figures that depicts folk life in Slovakia.  They commissioned three Slovak wood carvers to do the work, which took them more than two and a half years to complete.

First Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goXRwup_Gvk
Second Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc3IZKexSfM&feature=related
Third Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBOVHx8BMig&feature=related

“Crisis: A Film of ‘The Nazi Way’”    23 November 2011

On 13 March 1939, just two days before Hitler invaded the western part of Czecho-Slovakia and  incorporated the territory into the German Third Reich as the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, “Crisis: A Film of ‘The Nazi Way’” was released in the United States.  It contains footage shot in Czechoslovakia and smuggled to America that depicts the life of the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia in the latter half of the 1930s.  The film’s producers were Herbert Kline and Rosa Harvan Kline; associate producer was Hanuš Burger (Hans Burger); script was by Herbert Kline, Hanuš Burger, and Alexander Hackenschmied (Hammid); on-screen commentary was by Vincent Sheean; cinematographer was Alexander Hackenschmied; editing was by Herbert Kline, Hanuš Burger, and Alexander Hackenschmied; montage was by Alexander Hackenschmied; score was by H.W. Susskind and Jaroslav Harvan; orchestration was by Roger Désormières (Désormière); and narration was by Leif Erickson.  Also appearing in the film are the Czech actors and writers Jiří Voscovec and Jan Werich.

1/8  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=try7eIZLN8I&feature=related
2/8  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM5Cuf3L8zQ&feature=related
3/8  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyepon6hE9E&feature=related
4/8  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msqVf42048s&feature=related
5/8  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIe8yg6YVAs&feature=related
6/8  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfU_C8ShWag&feature=related
7/8  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxWCZx04_xY&feature=related
8/8  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBKgyryPe8Q&feature=related

“Zem spieva”: Film about Slovakia from 1933    23 November 2011

In 1933, the famous Czech photographer and film maker, Karel Plicka (1894-1987) directed and filmed “Zem spieva,” translated as “The Earth Sings” or “The Land Sings.”  The film is an important record of folk life in Slovakia, particular about the peasant near the Tatry Mountains.  The musical score was by František Škvor, and the editor was Alexander Hackenschmied, who also was involved in “Crisis: A Film of ‘The Nazi Way’” (1939).  The film is 63 minutes long, and it does not appear to be on the Internet.  However, Youtube has several scenes listed below in random order:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=FBummf5t6Rg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDaIO7y-r7c&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozHtY2y62Pw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1iqEbnmpuk&feature=related
NOTE: This is of lesser quality than the preceding clip, but it includes a few seconds more in the beginning.