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Good Morning, Lenin !

A 50' documentary directed in 2010 by Konrad Szolajski

Konrad Szolajski’s movie observes a group of western left-wingers during their visit to Poland. The aim is to confront their common expectations regarding communism and the transformation of the former socialist countries with the reality.

‘Crazy Guides’ agency provides lots of attractions for heroes by stowing them into trabis and taking to Nowa Huta –The Perfect City according to Socio-Realism rules. The group not only admires the newest historical monuments but is also having a chance to feel how the villagers lived. Therefore, the heroes would milk a cow, plough up a field and tresh cereal filling their stomachs with potatoes during spare time. A visit to the metallurgical factory followed by an illustrating lecture and discussion with Nowa Huta’s true dwellers bring change to heroes’ attitude. The tourists notice that the perfect world had also its darker sides and that the central system of planned economy wasn’t such a brilliant idea at all.

The movie refers to a German production titled Good Bye, Lenin! Which also takes up the matter of putting down communism. Good Morning, Lenin! Yet, it views the other point of this issue by showing the newest Polish history through the eyes of western tourists and keeping its form amusing and facetious.

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