1960s Soviet filmstrip shows USSR’s victory over the West and predicts FaceTime and self-driving cars

十月革命一百周年 见证大国俄罗斯的昨天和今天
时间:2017-01-11 单词数:2850

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An astonishing vision of life in 2017 has come to light, in which the Soviet Union is thriving and has prevailed over the capitalist West. The filmstrip, produced in 1960, reveals some intriguing views of how transport would look in the centenary year of the October Revolution.


B 1917 godu, “In the Year 2017,” produced at the Diafilm studio in Moscow in 1960, depicts a world in which Siberia and Alaska are connected by a high-speed, atomic-powered trains on a rail link over the Bering Strait, using a double-decker bridge.


The filmstrip follows the story of a boy named Igor enjoying all the achievements of the USSR nearly a century after its creation, notably the travel possibilities.


Transport was arguably the greatest success of the Soviet era. The sprawling confederation was bound together by electrified railways, while Aeroflot was the world’s biggest airline until the collapse of the USSR. Yet the filmstrip suggests that revolutionary fervour could have produced even more ambitious transportation links.


In the filmstrip, an “International Metro Network” has been established along the far north of Eurasia, connecting cities and communities along the Arctic Ocean. The far north of Siberia is also connected via a series of ship canals with the Aral and Caspian Seas in the south.


Some predictions are remarkably accurate, such as a frame showing a live video link between Igor’s home and a cruise ship on the Black Sea — foreseeing technology such as Skype and FaceTime.


The filmstrip has 45 frames. At a time when projectors were in short supply in the Soviet Union, filmstrips provided an effective means of education — and propaganda.


来源:independent爱语吧作者:David Yang