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A Beautiful–and Horrible–Little Film

Looking for something to watch this evening? With, perhaps, some historical interest? Try “Mushrooms of Concrete,” a brief documentary–it lasts less than half an hour–this is both beautiful and heartbreaking

The mushrooms in question are the three-quarters of a million of domed concrete bunkers that the Communist dictator Enver Hoxha constructed in Albania during the more than four decades of his rule. Yes, three quarters of a million bunkers–in a tiny, poor, backward country, of fewer than three million inhabitants that no other nation ever evinced any interest in invading.

Twenty-five minutes on the beauty of a country enfolded in the mountains on the Adriatic, the dignity of ordinary people–and the madness of Communism.