Carla Breakthrough-Lark wrote:Goat Boy wrote:Carla Breakthrough-Lark wrote:If you have an hour to spare - this is the first part (of three). Really enjoyable BBC series.
I enjoyed that and will watch the other ones too.
I thought it tried to squeeze a lot into one hour but I love seeing the old footage etc
Still looks grimmer than a long weekend in Cumbernauld mind
There are only three. They're all excellent, but the one on Romania is especially gripping. Ceaucescu was a monster but it's fascinating to see how quickly and how dramatically things turned against him.
I’m pretty ignorant about this period and these countries.
It’s strange watching some of the footage because I was old enough to remember the fall of the Berlin wall but I wasn’t old enough to realise what was going on and how momentous this was.
Watching the Czech one last night made me a bit emotional. The poor woman reading out the letter from her mother who was executed. Powerful stuff. The fucking invasion, I mean imagine living though that. And the woman who sang the song to the crowd at the end. Just to think what these people went through, you know? That Plastic People band sound terrible mind. I'm with the state on that one. Aren't the Velvets big over there?
And a lot of them seem to think it was pretty good back then which you can understand. But then you think what the state was doing and the lack of freedom and surveillance etc and part of me thinks “yeah, it was alright for you I guess but what about the poor bastards who were sent to Russia or murdered”. I would expect more outrage perhaps but then if their life was alright then should I? People on the inside see these things differently and I guess folks like myself see it from a national perspective and judge accordingly.