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2013-02-18 01:24:33 AM
Wow...that really was an accordion commercial at 12:30ish.
 
2013-02-18 01:36:01 AM
38:30  FOOBIES!!!  NSFW Warning.
 
2013-02-18 02:04:45 AM
Anyone else notice the, uh... special imagery for the ice cream near the beginning?
 
2013-02-18 02:04:54 AM
Nice tits 8 minutes in. Wow.
 
2013-02-18 02:12:00 AM
8 minutes in and I'm spent.

/Defintiely NSFW.
 
2013-02-18 07:03:38 AM
Totally was not expecting Honky Tonk Woman there.

Tarkus: Nice tits 8 minutes in. Wow.


And THAT.
 
2013-02-18 07:12:41 AM
Sort of makes you appreciate American commercials.
 
2013-02-18 07:12:52 AM
Do Estonian girls undergo that same transformation that Russian women seem to sometime around 35?
 
2013-02-18 07:16:51 AM
I really want some ice cream now
 
2013-02-18 07:59:36 AM
Did Pink Floyd get any royalties for the commercial at 6:35?
 
2013-02-18 08:04:40 AM
Nice find subby. So dats where all the white women at.

Who knew Pat Bennatar made men's shoes?
 
2013-02-18 09:12:39 AM
 
2013-02-18 09:23:24 AM
NSFW segments starting at 7:50 ; 29.29 and 38:20 .... at least from a brief search.

Nice boobies they are.
 
2013-02-18 09:28:41 AM

Xyphoid: Anyone else notice the, uh... special imagery for the ice cream near the beginning?


Yes.
 
2013-02-18 09:58:28 AM
Near the end, a bunch of young women smoking cigarettes - they finish with a banner "let your children be born alive" in English.   Were there really enough English speakers (readers) in Estonia in 1982 for that message to work?
 
2013-02-18 10:24:30 AM
Commercials, communists..
 
2013-02-18 10:25:16 AM
Since this is the Soviet era, are the boobies really ogling us?
 
2013-02-18 10:44:57 AM

unlikely: Do Estonian girls undergo that same transformation that Russian women seem to sometime around 35?


Less likely.. Estonians are more Nordic than anything else.
 
2013-02-18 11:37:38 AM

markie_farkie: unlikely: Do Estonian girls undergo that same transformation that Russian women seem to sometime around 35?

Less likely.. Estonians are more Nordic than anything else.


Agreed. Been there know a few. Nice.
 
2013-02-18 12:43:40 PM
commercials? secret police, internal passports, AND commercials?
 
2013-02-18 01:09:56 PM
This is an honest question, but, conceptually, why would a communist state need product advertisement?  Wouldn't that break the ideology of communism?
 
2013-02-18 01:12:55 PM

mr_a: Sort of makes you appreciate American commercials.


Except for the lack of exposed breasts.
 
2013-02-18 01:45:15 PM
 
2013-02-18 01:51:25 PM

NixGeek: This is an honest question, but, conceptually, why would a communist state need product advertisement?  Wouldn't that break the ideology of communism?


I see the point of your question and it also makes me wonder how successful our propaganda machine was here against the Soviets.  I was in high school and college in the 80's and all we saw was a grey, oppressive, poverty-stricken peoples.  Everybody was destitute and feared for their lives everyday.  Well, that was the picture we were given.  Seeing these commercials....well ya know.......
 
2013-02-18 02:11:21 PM

mr_a: Sort of makes you appreciate American commercials.


Really? Like the commercial at 7:51? You think America makes better commercials than that?
I think not, sir. I think not.
 
2013-02-18 02:15:15 PM
ARSE jewellery FTW!
 
2013-02-18 02:38:50 PM

RatOmeter: Near the end, a bunch of young women smoking cigarettes - they finish with a banner "let your children be born alive" in English.   Were there really enough English speakers (readers) in Estonia in 1982 for that message to work?


good question, dunno, but I know virtually every country around the world now uses English, whether necessary or not, to make whatever they are selling seem "cool" - doesn't matter if the viewer can read it or not, at least they know it's English and so it must be awesome!!!
 
2013-02-18 02:41:02 PM

radiovox: NixGeek: This is an honest question, but, conceptually, why would a communist state need product advertisement?  Wouldn't that break the ideology of communism?

I see the point of your question and it also makes me wonder how successful our propaganda machine was here against the Soviets.  I was in high school and college in the 80's and all we saw was a grey, oppressive, poverty-stricken peoples.  Everybody was destitute and feared for their lives everyday.  Well, that was the picture we were given.  Seeing these commercials....well ya know.......


I lived in Moscow (diplomatic brat) from 1977 to 1979, and things there were pretty bleak for your average Soviet citizen, at least as far as consumer choices were concerned.  Long lines for toilet paper that didn't feel like burlap, canned peaches from Bulgaria, and shoes from Yugoslavia were common.

At least they had vodak..

We went on a field trip to Estonia, and it was like night and day.. Communism really never took full hold there.  Shops were brightly lit, well-stocked, and people generally seemed to smile more.
 
2013-02-18 03:11:25 PM
30 years ago? A depressed communist country? This only makes me realize how unbelievably screwed up and repressed Americans are when it comes to sex.
 
2013-02-18 03:15:41 PM
Subby here, Not only was it my first greenlight.( Yayy! ).But I had turned away at that one moment and did not know that there are foobies in the link. After I sent the link looked again and was in a panic all night about it. Thought its on Utube and not flagged so its cool when I sent it. My total bad mods. And thank you for not banning me.
Still stoked about my first greenlight!
 
2013-02-18 03:22:54 PM

eyeq360: Xyphoid: Anyone else notice the, uh... special imagery for the ice cream near the beginning?

Yes.


Same here, though the fact that they kept cutting to a much younger, pedo-bear-worthy subject ruined it for me.

That said, I think I must've replayed that 1:51-1:55 segment far too many times.
 
2013-02-18 03:27:38 PM

Ishkur: Did Pink Floyd get any royalties for the commercial at 6:35?


There is also a full on cover of the Beatles " Help" in there and the rolling stones. To me the Accordion commercial makes the whole thing.
 
2013-02-18 04:00:20 PM
I guess mutually assured destruction did take place. Culturally.
 
2013-02-18 04:02:07 PM
how about an animated gif of the girl eating ice cream at 1:52?
 
2013-02-18 04:05:46 PM

Xyphoid: Anyone else notice the, uh... special imagery for the ice cream near the beginning?


That older looking blonde going down on her cone is famous for that special imagery.  I've seen gif's of that many many times, never knew the sauce...damnit SOURCE...where am I...4chan?
 
2013-02-18 04:31:25 PM

ItchyMcDoogle: Ishkur: Did Pink Floyd get any royalties for the commercial at 6:35?

There is also a full on cover of the Beatles " Help" in there and the rolling stones. To me the Accordion commercial makes the whole thing.


I also heard a cover of The Beatles "Girl", Laura Branigan "Gloria", Michael Jackson "Thriller" & "Bad", Yes "Owner of a Lonely Heart", George Michael "Father Figure", and Robert Palmer "You're Amazing" in there too.
 
2013-02-18 05:19:48 PM
They are itty-bitty and they are covered, but they are quite perky at 35:00.
 
2013-02-18 06:59:01 PM
Google Translation of the Russian blurb:

Last paragraph:

This collection features 84 commercials 70's and 80's of the XX century, taken by different directors Estonian "Eesti Reklaamfilm" (not counting a couple of modern advertising from sponsors). Most of these commercials came out on television screens, but there are works that have not been vigilant censorship.

Full Blurb:

Achtung!!! many shocking shots!
A unique anthology of television commercials, produced in the Soviet era by "Estonian Reklamfilm."

In 1967, Estonia was founded the creative association "Reklamfilm Estonian / Eesti reklaamfilm" - the only one at that time in the Soviet Union studio, specialized in production kinoteleradioreklamy and "representational" commercials on the orders of the enterprises of trade, industry, services and amenities, colleges, vocational schools , traffic police and other organizations in the Soviet Union, this company for the production of television commercials was the work of a new and at that time quite bold. But among Estonian documentary was a very energetic person - Eedu Ojamaa. It was he who was able to implement such a complex idea in the USSR State Committee for Cinematography. "Estonian Reklamfilm" soon became the largest advertising company of the Soviet Union. He released a year nearly 350 commercials, and also created a lot of documentaries. The company has been amended in Leningrad and Moscow and Riga branch of executed orders for the Union. Among the customers were and Finnish companies. Until 1992, the "Estonian Reklamfilm" took more than 6,000 commercials and movies.

It is clear that under socialism, the absence of private ownership and competition television advertising had a slightly different look and pursued a very different purpose. The director, advertisers still did not have the strict limits and constraints, which are now exhibited customers promotional TV program. So they used all their creativity to create a bright memorable quality product.

For objective reasons, most subjectively and commercials, produced by the company, did not survive. This anthology - a collection of the private collection of Harry Egipta - a former director and screenwriter "Estonian Reklamfilma", called his colleagues "Norshtein advertising" for unusual associative moments in his work similar to the work of the author of "Hedgehog in the Fog". Credo Egipta in television commercials - catchy individual style fast in those days "video clip" assembly, original music and songs, and of course, beautiful women!

This collection features 84 commercials 70's and 80's of the XX century, taken by different directors Estonian "Eesti Reklaamfilm" (not counting a couple of modern advertising from sponsors). Most of these commercials came out on television screens, but there are works that have not been vigilant censorship.
 
2013-02-18 07:02:12 PM

ItchyMcDoogle: Subby here, Not only was it my first greenlight.( Yayy! ).But I had turned away at that one moment and did not know that there are foobies in the link. After I sent the link looked again and was in a panic all night about it. Thought its on Utube and not flagged so its cool when I sent it. My total bad mods. And thank you for not banning me.
Still stoked about my first greenlight!


Congrats Subby!  Great find.  Enjoyed it.
 
2013-02-18 07:32:07 PM
very interesting.  First off, the picture quality was much better than I expected, considering it's surprising that this stuff survived at all.   Most of these commercial seems to be for a personal product (food, cosmetics, clothes).  I saw one for a tour bus, and of course the accordion commercial.  It also seems that the same women are featured in a lot of these.

And, yes, I am definitely wanting some penguin ice cream :)
 
2013-02-18 07:37:05 PM

Great_Milenko: Most of these commercial seems to be for a personal product (food, cosmetics, clothes)


At the bottom of the screen in small type was some English translations.

A good number of those shown were for the products of local factories (and how nice it was to work there) and for trade schools where you too could learn to become a bus driver.
 
2013-02-18 09:09:03 PM
What media did they store this stuff on. It's preserved nicely. If only mst3k had been so well preserved
 
2013-02-18 09:39:54 PM
So they found the one black guy in communist Estonia  and of course he can breakdance.
 
2013-02-18 09:47:02 PM

Doctor Funfrock: What media did they store this stuff on. It's preserved nicely. If only mst3k had been so well preserved


Just about every ep of MST3k is on netflix..But MST3K was shot on video and these commercials seem to be shot on film. Video never holds up good. Well preserved film always holds up really well. My thinking is that these commercials were shot transferred to videotape then put in a can and sat in a cold cold storeroom for the past decades untouched. Makes me think how much more buried treasure is out there sitting in film cans
 
2013-02-18 10:42:21 PM

timharrod: Oblig


One of my all time favorites.
 
2013-02-19 12:29:58 AM
You mean it was the 80s there, too?
 
2013-02-19 12:30:48 AM
who knew ice tea with lemon and cross country skiing went together so well
 
2013-02-19 01:45:26 AM

NixGeek: This is an honest question, but, conceptually, why would a communist state need product advertisement?  Wouldn't that break the ideology of communism?


Not necessarily.  Just because a society is communistic does not mean that one organization, under complete national control, must undertake the production, marketing and distribution of all the necessities of life and work.  Even under Stalin one factory made tanks while the other made, say, rhubarb preserves.

ESKVM was a consumer and producer's cooperative in Estonia, which was taken over (twice!) by the Soviet government, possibly devolved to the Estonian SSR.  Lengalantereya was an "auction house" out of Leningrad.  So these were essentially government organs selling their wares.

Two other possibilities are not incompatible with Communism.  If (when) Central Planning goofs and the cadres don't steal the surplus, it's quite possible that there's an overabundance of one good or another, in which case it must be sold and commercials must be drawn.  Another possibility is that the Soviet government was not happy with high rates of alcoholism and every ruble spent on something else was not a ruble spent on vodka.

Perhaps it should be noted that Estonia is not that far from Finland.  It is about 45 miles by air from Helsinki to Tallinn.  In fact, most of the Estonian coast is within 50 miles of the Finnish coast.  Finnish and Estonian are mutually intelligible.  If Finnish TV shows commercials, then so must Estonian TV for propaganda purposes, lest invidious comparisons be made...
 
2013-02-19 03:32:28 AM
Take these Russian commercials, edit in a chubby neck beard pounding a dulcimer/keytar combo while a girl who's a solid Portland 7 anti-vamps and you'll have a 8.9 from Pitchfork by the end of the day.
 
2013-02-19 09:02:54 AM

ABQGOD: ItchyMcDoogle: Ishkur: Did Pink Floyd get any royalties for the commercial at 6:35?

There is also a full on cover of the Beatles " Help" in there and the rolling stones. To me the Accordion commercial makes the whole thing.

I also heard a cover of The Beatles "Girl", Laura Branigan "Gloria", Michael Jackson "Thriller" & "Bad", Yes "Owner of a Lonely Heart", George Michael "Father Figure", and Robert Palmer "You're Amazing" in there too.


Willie Nelson "On the Road Again"   6:52ish
 
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