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Every now and then, just when you think you have seen it all, you realize the world is an amazing, amazing place... Communist Busby Berkeley! Hundreds of acrobatic men running around in tighty whities and hurdling themselves through the air! To my eyes this is Nation-State aggrandizing at its most absurd, but one person's spectacle can be another's loaded past. The clip is from Spartakiáda, a mass gymnastics display which was held every five years during Communist rule at the Strahov Stadium in Prague, Czechoslovakia. From what I could glean via Google translate, the Czech conversation thread beneath the video is an inter-generational debate about militarization and the pros and cons of a post-Soviet state.
eGuider: Camille June Gregoire
Columbia University eGuider
Camille is a director, screenwriter and advocate of the absurd currently pursuing an MFA in film at Columbia University.