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05/10/2022
SOVIET FILM WWII LIBERATION OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA PRAGUE, KOSICE, BRATISLAVA MAY, 1945

This is a Soviet educational / propaganda movie used for the history lessons in the 10th Grade, and one of a series showing the liberation of various Eastern European countries from the Wehrmacht by the Red Army. This one is movie No. 16 in the series, "Liberation of Czechoslovakia". It depicts the Czechoslovak uprising against the German invasion of 1944, with the scenes from the major cities and major battles – Kosice, Bratislava, Banská Bystrica, the battle at Dukla Pass, culminating with the May 9, 1945 breaking of the entrenched German defense at Prague. The movie shows the two commanders of the opposing forces – Gen. Malinovsky for the Red Army and Obergruppenfuhrer Berger for the Wehrmacht. The documentary was produced by Schkola Film for the Ministry of Education of the USSR, directed by Svetlana Zagoskina and L. Fayn-Girsh, scenario by I. Popova, historical consultats: L. Starikov G.Kuznetsov.
0:47 Summer of 1944, Troops and armored columns moving through the countryside
0:47 Plague Column in Kosice, Slovakia
0:50 Bratislava
:56 Czech flag being unfurled in the city hall of Banská Bystrica, Slovakia as a revolt begins
1:01 a flyer of the underground Slovakian national assembly, calling for a national resistance movement
1:09 Czeshoslovak National assembly soldiers arming themselves and being cheered by the passerby Narrator
1:20 Soldiers marching through a hilly terrain
1:28- Footage of various underground resistance and national armies – French, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Bulgarian and others, firing weapons –
1:35 bolt-action rifles
1:29 anti-tank rifles
1:40 PPSh machine gun.
1:48 Obergruppenfuhrer Gottlob Berger, commander of the SS expeditionary forces in Slovakia, tasked with suppressing the uprising
1:50 an SS platoon riding a tracked transport Sd.Kfz.10 with a 37-mm field gun in tow 1:57 Sd. Kfz. 10 towing an artillery piece, a Pz. IV tank or a StUG 3 self-propelled artillery to suppress the liberation movement.
2:14 Hummel self-proppelled autocannon and StuG self-propelled artillery firing
2:29 Soviet senior officers examining a map and the landscape. Probably Gen. Rodion Malinovsky, as he was charged with the Czechoslovakian operation
2:32 Tank having difficulty running uphill.
2:40-2:55 Soldiers hauling artillery pieces and hand-carrying artillery shells up the hill. Trucks in the mud.
3:00 Artillery firing, a medic bandaging a person's head at 3:02 , more fighting in a hilly terrain.
3:10 bandaging burned hands of a soldier
3:12 Self-propelled artillery
3:21 Civilians waving their hands and flags at the Slovakian soldiers triumphantly riding a tank with " Kapitan Ofarkar Jaros " written on it (3:24) after the crucial battle at the Dukla Pass.
3:30 Il-2 ground attack planes, Katyusha rocket mortars firing at 3:32, divisional 75-mm artillery pieces firing 3:35.
3:44 Tanks advancing
3:45 GAZ-AA towing a regimental gun driving past the Assumption of Virgin Mary (Blumental) Church as Bratislava is liberated.
3:50 People cheering, man offering a teacup to a soldiers in the back of the truck 3:52. Narrator « N***s were routed from Brno, the industrial heart of Czech republic
3:57 Workers in hard hats raising the Czech flag.
4:10 Pe-2 dive bombers
4:12 Prague, the capital, is still in the hands of the enemy
4:16 Parked Mercedes-Benz staff car and the German guard convoy
4:21 German bicycle troops.
4:30 People burning portraits of Hi**er, N**i flags and other N**i effigies as the Prague uprising starts on the 5th of May
4:43 Armed resistance fighters.
4:55 Dead bodies in the street.
5:03 people hurriedly tending to an injured person and hauling them off.
5:07 Barricades near the center of Prague
5:19 A banner reads "Lidće Osvenčin , Malthausen, Bregoska " ( Free Auschwitz, Malthausen, Bregoska ) (concentration camps)
5:22 German infantry try to suppress the uprising
5:33 BMW light cars and Pz. I. light tanks
5:44 Resistance fighters firing upon German troops in a damaged/stopped Sd. Kfz. 10.
5:48 Man, firing a Thomson or a PPSh machinegun.
5:50 StuG self-propelled artillery firing
5:54 7th of May. Dead bodies and burning buildings as the situation of the resistance becomes dire, they have sent out a call for help
6:04 General Zhukov with other generals, plan a relief attack.
6:11 A column of T34 tanks. Narrator: "At dawn of 9th may the Soviet tankers broke into Prague." The city is liberated.
6:23 Victory parade – tanks, infantry with a Czechoslovakian National Uprising flag.
Narrator: "Thus, our slogan was born – with the Soviet Union, forever, with the Soviet Union and nobody else."

This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD, 2k and 4k. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com

05/05/2022
1970s EAST LOS ANGELES JULY 4th or CINCO DE MAYO PARADE w/ LOW RIDER CAR CLUB

This color home movie shows a July 4th or Cinco de Mayo parade in East Los Angeles or San Bernardino, a few lowrider type cars, and the start of a ribbon cutting ceremony at a parking lot which is going to be used for a lowrider car show and contest. This is circa the 1970s.

Floats, including a Pioneer Chicken float, go by as part of a July 4th or Cinco de Mayo parade (:00). In the background is a sign for the "West Side Hav All" store and "Raymond's Transmissions". Hispanic or Chicano women march, dressed as what appears to be Mayans or Aztecs (:12). Lowrider automobiles drive by with streamers on them (:25). A truck with a sign 'save gas, eat beans' goes by (:45). "El Jardin de La Abuelita" float rides by with mariachi type band. Mariachi cowboys ride horses (:51). People line up in front of a red ribbon as part of a ceremony to open a parking lot for a lowrider car show and contest (:55). A politician -- a man in a suit -- speaks to people in the group lined up (1:21). The man continues to talk to the group (2:05). People clap as the ceremony continues (2:37). Certificates are handed out to some of the group (2:56).

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04/29/2022
"THE WASTED YEARS" 1960s STATEVILLE PRISON DOCUMENTARY ILLINOIS PRISON SYSTEM PENITENTIARY JAIL

The Wasted Years is a 1960s television documentary disclosing the impoverished existence of prison life. There is a great deal of handheld camerawork intersected with interviews and audio samplings of inmates. The use of makeshift lighting and low angles lends an atmospheric quality to many interior scenes.

The film opens with a camera tracking backwards alongside a prison guard as superimposed shots of inmates fade in to discuss the worthlessness of prison life. “If I had it to do it all over again, knowing that I would never get out, I would rather have been executed.” Opening titles roll, accompanied by moody guitar. The camera zooms out from an Illinois State Penitentiary sign (1:12) and then pans to prison gates with narrator Hugh Hill who introduces Stateville penitentiary as “one of the toughest cell houses.” A penitentiary bus leads the viewer through prison gates. The film details prison routine beginning at 7am in Cell Block D. Guards affirm a headcount from the cellblock gallery, a solitary guard yells, “Chow!” and the prisoners file out. A lifer describes the “World of Can’t” that is controlled penitentiary life. Warden Frank Pate speaks about the intense conditions at Stateville (7:04). Pate shows off a case of contraband, mostly weapons—sharpened spoons, a spoon skeleton key, a sharpened brace of a bed, etc. (8:22). Solitary confinement, called “isolation” is shown (9:35). An inmate is walked and locked into Isolation as the terms of solitary confinement are described. “Segregation” cells are shown and described. An inmate is interviewed who has managed to obtain a high school education while in Stateville (13:00). High school and grammar school are shown (13:44) along with ESL classes. Prisoner art is shown and discussed (15:53). A machine shop is shown, jazz music playing in the background, the creation of shop-made contraband is discussed (17:12). A large mess hall is shown during mealtime (19:25), eerily, the faces of inmates are mostly unseen. A mess hall guard tower is shown, the dangers of rioting discussed. A sign reads: “ALL YOU CAN EAT BUT NO WASTE” (22:16). Warden Pate is again interviewed, stating the need for minimum security institutions (23:11). Conditions during winter are discussed as the cell locking procedure repeats. An inmate is shown playing the film’s guitar music (25:20). The prison at night is shown, looking otherworldly, backgrounds dominated by expressionistic shadows. Various inmates voice their laments. “I’m at the end of the world’ one states, ‘there’s no description for it.” Hugh Hill is shown in an empty cellblock as he discusses the distrust and paranoia that predominates (27:02). End titles run (28:39). A WBBM-TV editorial follows (29:28): Clark B. George, vice president of Columbia Television Stations Division introduces interviews with three inmates, designed to discourage those who may be headed towards prison life (30:25). Each details their personal struggles and backgrounds. Clark George returns to state “I’m sure you’ll agree’ that the preceding interviews were “dismal and depressing.” Education is emphasized as the solution. Editorial end titles (38:48).

Stateville Correctional Center (SCC) is a maximum security state prison for men in Crest Hill, Illinois, U.S., near Chicago. It is a part of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Opened in 1925, Stateville was built to accommodate 1,506 inmates. Parts of the prison were designed according to the panopticon concept proposed by the British philosopher and prison reformer, Jeremy Bentham. Stateville's "F-House" cellhouse, commonly known as a "roundhouse", has a panopticon layout which features an armed tower in the center of an open area surrounded by several tiers of cells. F-House was the only remaining "roundhouse" still in use in the United States in the 1990s. It was closed in late 2016 but the structure will remain standing due to its historical significance. A duplicate of the prison opened in Cuba in 1936, but has since been abandoned.

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04/20/2022
“ MA*****NA THE GREAT ESCAPE ” 1968 TEEN ANTI-DRUG USE & ABUSE EDUCATIONAL FILM

Dating to 1968, "Ma*****na the Great Escape" was distributed by BFA and produced and directed by J. Gary Mitchell. This film tells the story of a young man who aspires to be a professional drag racer. But, he starts smoking ma*****na, which impairs his ability to drive safely, and that leads to a terrible reckoning. The film was created in cooperation with the Inglewood Police Department (:26). The main character, George Willis and a young female friend work on his race car (:53). George details how he intends upon winning the race over flash forward footage (1:51). His mentor arrives to check on the boy’s and the car’s preparedness (1:59). His mentor is known as Tony Nancy, Captain of the US Drag Racing Team (2:25). George is to be driving a sponsored Double A drag racer which shows how large of a stake for George this race is. A 1978 VW Bus rolls into the scene (3:07). The stereotypical cluster of long haired 1970’s hippies steps from the van. The last man to exit; Max, is considerably older than his peers and is a known ma*****na dealer (3:40). George seeks to purchase ma*****na from Max (4:18). George and his female friend take the car to the race track for test runs (4:41). Tony steps out and re-attaches the safety parachute (5:08). Tony then accuses George of ‘blowing smoke’ (5:20) and warns him of the dangers of driving a vehicle such as this under the influence. Over the loudspeaker it is announced that George is the winner of the race (7:05) and that he is from Redondo Beach, California. Suddenly, his friend and pot dealer, Max calls him from the Englewood Police Department (7:47) as he and his friends had been arrested on possession charges. George offers to bail the group out with his 500-dollar prize money (8:28). The scene changes to evening and a gathering at one of the friend’s houses as a group passes a joint around the room (9:01). George then peer pressures his girlfriend; whom had been previously outspoken against ma*****na, into trying the substance (9:54). As the substance begins to kick in the film shows dark and murky distortion scenes to exaggerate the effects (11:20). George wakes the girl up to get ‘munchies’ from a store meaning he and Max will have to operate vehicles under the influence (13:38). Pat realizes she has left her purse behind as George reverses and stops the vehicle for her to get it (14:17). The film details the affect ma*****na has on the mind and body such as slowed reaction timing (14:46). A police car’s siren is heard as George has everyone within the car toss any ma*****na. A moment later however the police car passes them without stopping (15:47). The gang drives on and hits a crime scene (16:14) as the police officers take statements (16:27), Max’s van is spotted. Max is pictured sitting on the curb with a blood spotted towel next to bystanders (16:34). A young girl is pulled into an ambulance while in a stretcher (16:41). George is seen on the race track smoking another joint (17:15). Appearing dejected, the rookie race car driver is seen at another race (17:36). Tests and tune ups are conducted as the cars are wheeled into position to begin the race (17:53). George jumps into the front seat of the dragster (18:46). Immediately as he takes off for the race, the car flips and bursts into flames (19:09). The film concludes and had been distributed by BFA (19:22).

Producer J. Gary Mitchell had a long and storied career in making socially conscious films for children. Visit his website at http://empowerkids.com/

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04/08/2022
VOLKSWAGEN VW BUG FUEL EFFICIENCY TEST DRIVE GAS CRISIS FILM

This silent 16mm film shows an experiment undertaken to show how a small, light car like the VW Bug could be driven for long distances at low cost due to its fuel efficiency. At the start of the film a brand new VW Beetle is prepared for the trip with a visit to a full service gas station. A clock is used to record the time and a shot shows the odometer (3:50 mark), and then at the end these are revisited. In roughly nine hours the car travels 426 miles, although it's unclear exactly whether that equates to 10 gallons of gas or not. The only thing shown at the end of the film is that the car still has gas in the tank -- but it's not known how much. In any case that figure -- 42 miles per gallon -- would have been far in excess of what the Beetle would normally have achieved (Wikipedia suggests it could normally have a 32 mpg rating). Even if it was lower than 32 mpg, it still would have easily eclipsed the fuel efficiency of almost any American car made in this era.

BTW it's unclear when the film dates from -- although one hint is that the price of gas shown at the 1:47 mark appears to be 35 cents per gallon including 10 cent tax. An on-line source said that would equate to 1973, but that seems too late for this film. More likely the film dates to the mid-1950s based on the other cars shown. If you have any thoughts, please weigh in.

Most of the movie takes place on the Salem Freeway #99 in the vicinity of Medford, Oregon and you will see various shots around there, on the roads, driving through downtown towards Salem (3 minutes) and towards Medford at 8:20. Downtown Medford is seen at 9:00. At 11:00 the car visits an inspection station. The car is shown operating in various weather conditions including rain and sleet.

When did the first VW Beetles arrive in the USA? In January of 1949, a Volkswagen “Type 1,” or Beetle, was shipped to New York City by Ben Pon, Sr., a Dutch businessman and the world's first official Volkswagen importer.

The Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door, four-passenger, rear-engine economy car that was manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003. The need for this kind of car, and its functional objectives, was formulated by the leader of N**i Germany, Adolf Hi**er, who wanted a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for his country's new road network. Hi**er contracted Ferdinand Porsche in 1934 to design and build it. Porsche and his team took until 1938 to finalise the design. With 21,529,464 produced,[13] the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made.

Although designed in the 1930s, the Beetle was only produced in significant numbers from 1945 on (mass production had been put on hold during the Second World War) when the model was internally designated the Volkswagen Type 1, and marketed simply as the Volkswagen (or "People's Car").

The original 25 hp Beetle was designed for a top speed around 100 km/h (62 mph), which would be a viable speed on the Reichsautobahn system.

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It's a throwback featuring some of your favorite Kentucky State Parks! Periscope Film LLC released this early 1950’s color travelogue film made for the Kentucky Department of Public Relations, highlighting tourist attractions across the state of Kentucky. #kystateparks #TBT parks.ky.gov
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