• Short Summary

    BUCHAREST. CAPITAL OF THE NATION OF LESS THAN TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE. THE OLD ROYAL PALACE?

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    BUCHAREST. CAPITAL OF THE NATION OF LESS THAN TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE. THE OLD ROYAL PALACE A SYMBOL OF POWER ONCE MORE - FOR HERE WORKS THE COMMUNIST HEAD OF STATE, MR. GHEORGHIU-DEJ. POLITICAL PRISONERS ARE FREE. WAGES ARE GOING UP. THE SHOPS ARE DOING BRISK BUSINESS. TEXTILES FOR THE DRESS-CONSCIOUS BUT SO FAR FASHION-HUNGRY LATIN WOMEN OF RUMANIA. HAIRDRESSING ON A MASS SCALE, WITH THE ASSISTANTS OFTEN WORKING UNTIL LATE AT NIGHT. AND, FOR THE MEN, THE SPORTS SHOPS OFFER A TASTE OF REAL LEISURE. OR THEY MAY SEE HOPE OF THINGS TO COME IN THE SIGHT OF FOREIGN CARS, NOW ABOUNDING IN THE STREETS OF BUCHAREST. STREETS THAT ARE FULL OF NEAT AND GAY LITTLE TOUCHES SPACIOUS PARKS AND LAKES FOR THE HOT SUMMER, THE REFUGE OF THOSE IN SEARCH OF FRESH AIR AND QUIET. DRINKING FOUNTAINS EVERY FEW HUNDRED YARDS. IT'S A THIRSTY PLACE IN SUMMER. AND AT EVEN LESSER INTERVALS GARBAGE CANS WITH SPECIAL SIDE RECEPTACLES FOR CIGARETTE ENDS, MAKING BUCHAREST'S STREETS SOME OF THE TIDIEST IN EUROPE. AND IN THE MOST UNEXPECTED PLACES PUBLIC TELEPHONES WITHOUT KIOSKS.

    IN FACTORIES SUCH AS THESE, WHETHER OLD OR NEW, UNADORNED OR PLASTERED WITH PARTY SLOGANS, NATIONAL KNOW-HOW IS FINDING ITS OUTLET. BEHIND THESE FUNCTIONAL WALLS RUMANIA IS FOSTERING ITS STRENGTH.

    A STRENGTH THAT MAY BE EXPRESSED THROUGH OIL AND THE INDEPENDENCE THAT OIL STILL BRINGS WHEN ALLIED TO MODERN MACHINERY IN OTHER FIELDS. OR THROUGH THE AMBITIOUS NEW BUILDING PROGRAMMES WHICH HAVE PROVIDED RUMANIAN ARCHITECTS WITH A NEW SCOPE FOR THEIR SPECIAL FLAIR. OR THROUGH A GROWING EXPORT PROGRAMME OF SUCH TOTALLY DIFFERENT THINGS AS CEMENT, SENT OFF BY SEA THROUGH THE PORT OF CONSTANZA: AND CAVIARE, A DELICACY WHICH RUMANIANS THEMSELVES DON'T SEE A GREAT DEAL OF.

    IT IS ALL A FAR CRY FROM THE OLD RUMANIA - THE FOLK DANCING IN TRANSYLVANIA, FOR EXAMPLE, THOUGH THAT STILL GENUINELY EXISTS. OR FROM THE RUINS THE ROMANS LEFT AS A LEGACY OF THEIR PENAL COLONY CENTURIES AGO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAH0BQYT40FSKXYON5J0JNFTIW
    Media URN:
    VLVAAH0BQYT40FSKXYON5J0JNFTIW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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