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Created by John Eipper on 06/07/19 2:55 PM

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Polish TV Question: "Gra o Tron" and "Czarnobyl" (Edward Jajko, USA, 06/07/19 2:55 pm)

For JE and Tom Hashimoto:

While it was in its final season, the HBO phenomenon Game of Thrones received much critical attention in the Polish paper (can it be a [news]paper if it is received and read only on-line?) Gazeta Wyborcza. In Poland it was Gra o Tron, with its first word subject to declension. I often wondered if Gra o Tron was in English (and Dothraki or whatever) with Polish subtitles or if it was overdubbed in Polish.

More recently, HBO has run a miniseries of direct relevance to Poland: Chernobil. This dramatized, partly fictional, series is of course about the 1986 meltdown of reactor 4 of the Chernobil power plant in the Pripyat' area of Ukraine.

I have wondered again about the broadcast language of the series entitled "Czarnobyl" in the Polish. But more importantly, I wonder about the reception of this series by Poles. Can JE and Tom shed light on this?

JE comments:  On today's (long) drive from Lublin to Szczecin, the entire length of Poland, I posed this question to sister-in-law Justyna.  Both Gra o Tron and Czarnobyl have been huge sensations in Poland.  The latter was filmed in Lithuania, in the Chernobil-Doppelgänger town of Ignalina.  Yours truly was there in 2017:


Both series used voice-over translations by a droning male lektor.  It's the way they do it here.

Greetings from Szczecin (Stettin), by the way.  We're here for the weekend.

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  • Poles Watching TV: "Gra o Tron" and HBO Go (Tom Hashimoto, UK 06/08/19 11:53 PM)
    Adding to JE's reply (8 June), many youngsters in Warsaw watch these TV series via HBO Go (on-demand online streaming service, just like Netflix), if not pirating. There, you have an option for Polish subtitles instead of voiceover/lektor.

    I also attach a photo. It is a dragon replica (and a female attendant in a costume for a photo-up) placed at the shopping mall (Złote Tarasy) across from the central railway station (currently named after composer Stanisław Moniuszko, who celebrates his 200th birthday this year). While it promotes the Game of Thrones, the campaign largely drives up the subscription for HBO Go, it seems.

    JE comments:  Our Polish TV is on right now!  Looking forward to seeing Tom Hashimoto tomorrow in Warsaw.  It's been two years since we caught up.

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  • History's Momentous Boundaries: from Szczecin to Trieste (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA 06/09/19 12:19 AM)

    Gary Moore writes:

    "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic..."

    Today our globe-trotting moderator stands in Stettin/Szcecin, on one of history's
    momentous Lines, to be paired with The Line Of Theodosius in CE 393, and with
    the evanescent line between Western and Eastern Christianity, and between
    Christianity as a whole and conquering Islam (with Suleiman's darkening hordes
    actually visible from the walls of besieged but spared Vienna).

    It reminds of that other Grand Boundary that history has kept restlessly moving:
    Should the Line Between North And South be placed at the Trinity River, or the Nueces,
    or the Panuco--or, finally, at the Rio Bravo--where, just today, in fact, the New York Times
    has breathlessly informed us that there are monstrous Rio Grande alligators,
    swimming in the soup of divisional mirage?

    JE comments:  I'm curious why Churchill didn't move the line of his Iron Curtain farther west, to the Soviet sector of occupied Germany.  Regardless, it is astounding how Stettin/Szczecin was totally transformed from a German to a Polish city in just a few years after 1945.  The process was ruthless.  Add to this the fact that the city was little more than a massive pile of rubble.  Yesterday we visited Szczecin's sprawling, forested Central Cemetery, the "third largest in Europe."  Judging by the names of the thousands of inhabitants, it would appear that even the dead Germans were evicted from Szczecin.


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