Feb 9, 2017
Behind the Iron Curtain: A Radio Free Europe Commercial from the 1970s
I thought the boy was cute. Maybe I could rescue him from his brainwashing!
In the school library, I found books on most of the countries "behind the Iron Curtain," with lots of pictures of boys and men. They weren't sitting in dark rooms with chains around their heads. They were dancing in traditional costumes, swimming in public pools, going to school, or just posing in groups.
But that made the brainwashing more insidious, I reasoned. It was even more important to go to those countries and rescue them:
I recently found the commercial on youtube. It was directed by Jack Goodford, who also directed Mr. Magoo Cartoons for the UPA Studio.
Radio Free Europe was an anti-communist group broadcasting news and information from its base in Munich. It still broadcasts to 21 countries in 28 languages.
R.E.M. has a song called "Radio Free Europe." I don't understand the lyrics:
Keep me out of country in the word
Deal the porch is leading us absurd
Push that push that push that to the hull
That this isn't nothing at all