This Soviet newsreel dates to 1967 and contains various segments, the most interesting of which deal with the auto industry in the Soviet Union and East Germany. (If you speak Russian and can help translate the narration for us, it would be appreciated!)
The film begins with a brief recap of Revolutionary events before launching into a segment about the Communist Party Congress at :50.
At 1:56 modern food production and packaging machinery is seen at a trade show attended by Brezhnev. An Automat Cafe is also seen at the "EPRODMASH '67" fair.
At 2:30, the millionth car produced at the AZLK factory is seen. Founded in 1929 as KIM, or Communist Youth International, the plant became MZMA (Moscow Small Car Factory) in 1939, before finally changing its name to the more familiar Avtomobilny Zavod imeni Leninskogo Komsomola (AZLK), literally "Leninist Communist Youth League Automobile Factory" in 1969.
Beginning in 1939, the factory's passenger cars were sold under the Moskvitch ("Moscower", a person whose origin or place of residence is Moscow) brand. The plant was originally under the authority of Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod (GAZ – Gorky Automobile Factory) founded at about the same time, but by 1939 it was operationally independent.
AZLK's role in the Soviet automotive industry was the production of small cars, which could be classified as anywhere from compact to mid-size. AvtoVAZ and IZh were also charged with producing vehicles in the same category as AZLK, while GAZ handled the large car and full-size segment. Following privatization in 1991, AZLK adopted Moskvitch as its corporate name, as it had already been used on all of the company's cars dating to 1939.
At 3:30, tractors are seen on a farm, followed at 4:00 by memorial celebrations honoring those who perished in the Great Patriotic War.
At 4:28, Vietnamese children are seen in school and leading happy lives.
At 5:21, the East German car known as the Melkus is shown being built and driven. Melkus was a marque of single seat racing cars and sport cars founded by the race driver Heinz Melkus in Dresden in East Germany. The company existed from 1959 to 1986, and then from 2009 to 2012. The cars originally used engines from Wartburgs and many of the other parts came from Wartburgs and Trabants. The racing cars competed in Formula 3, Formula Junior and Formula Ford. The 2009 to 2012 models used engines from Toyota and Volkswagen.
The only road car the company produced from 1959 to 1986 was the Melkus RS 1000. It was a sleek sports car powered by a tuned mid-mounted Wartburg 3-cylinder 2-stroke engine. Most of the cars used the 992 cc version, but some of the later cars had the 1200 cc version. It had gullwing doors. 101 cars were made.
At 6:13, Soviet scuba divers or SEALs equivalents are seen conducting underwater operations, and a rescue diver is seen at work deployed by a helicopter.
The newsreel ends with an award ceremony.
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