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September 17, 2019
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Bucharest 1940 – first colour film about the Capital

“Hours of glee, moments of contentment, light, colours, luxury… you can find it all in Bucharest”

The Calea Victoriei Foun­dation invites us, on Saturday, May 21, to the projection of the first colour film about Bucharest, an incursion into our grandparents’ daily life, as inhabitants of a city “on a par with cities in the West”. The screening will take place at the National Military Circle, in the Cinema Hall. The film will be introduced by the actor Eusebiu Stefanescu.

Although depicted in the troubled times of World War II, the capital, with modern boulevards, well-groomed streets and parks, people with a relaxed expression, assorted spectacles and amusements, is wrapped in the air of normality, hard to come by nowadays. We can see, in the film, some buildings emblematic for Bu­charest’s cultural life – the Royal Palace, the University, the Military Circle, the National Theatre, the Justice Palace, the National Bank of Romania Palace, “Carul cu Bere”, the Sutu Palace, the Capitol and Scala Cinemas, the “La Sosea” Restaurant -, as well as statues, churches, museums which would have fitted wonderfully in the overall picture if they hadn’t vanished, for various reasons: the Simu Museum, King Ferdinand’s statue, the hippodrome, etc.

The streets and parks are animated by the presence of actors, merchants, as well as ladies and gentlemen dressed according to the fashion of the age, with elegant hats. Gypsy flower-girls tempt the passers-by with large bunches of tulips, lilac, poppies and roses. People spend their idle hours strolling down Calea Victoriei, going to the cinema, to the theatre, rowing boats on the lake, gliding on the skating rink – as a spectator or as a skater -, to the horse races or, for those living in the suburbs, to the fairground with its myriad attractions: the merry-go-round, swings, the “Test of Strength”, “Marita’s dance”, etc.

The screening of the film “Romania’s capital city, Bucharest, in 1940” is part of the “Bucharest Month” programme.

Entrance to this event is free.

Venue: National Military Circle
Address: 21, Regina Elisabeta Blvd.; Tel. no.: 021 313.86.80

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