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<p></p><p></p><p></p><h1 class="p1"><strong>Movies</strong></h1><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A Habsburg court composer describes his competitive relationship with Mozart in Miloš Forman’s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Amadeus-Directors-Cut-Murray-Abraham/dp/B003WQT2YY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462808483&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=Amadeus+1984&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=0362de61b303626e12a446f9b22fe7a3" target="_blank"><i>Amadeus</i></a><i> </i>(1984).   </span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s2">Converting to Christianity doesn’t spare a Hungarian-Jewish family pain in István Szabó’s drama <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sunshine-Ralph-Fiennes/dp/B009NYS7KY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462808675&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Sunshine+1999&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=cebc8cf68cfff3b9dad8fb2b92a5c333" target="_blank"><i>Sunshine</i></a><i> </i>(1999). A writer investigates a friend’s death in Carol Reed’s film noir <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Third-Man-Blu-ray/dp/B00X7RHT5C/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1462814667&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=671198299904087a5c252894464eda59" target="_blank"><i>The Third Man</i></a> (1949). </span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s2">A French woman and American man meet on a train, then wander Vienna’s streets in Richard Linklater’s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Before-Sunrise-Ethan-Hawke/dp/B002XXNSF6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462808800&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Before+Sunrise+1995&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=78da19555c746051a8b456dd0c1178f5" target="_blank"><i>Before Sunrise</i></a> (1995). A museum guard befriends a Canadian woman in Jem Cohen’s<i> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Museum-Hours-Blu-ray-Margaret-OHara/dp/B00EPFMS6K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1462808735&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=56f7035e3022d51f89da350b10be158b" target="_blank">Museum Hours </a></i>(2012). </span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s2">An arranged marriage in Serbia goes comically awry in Emir Kusturica’s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Black-Cat-White-Region/dp/B000FMGT6C/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462808827&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Black+Cat%2C+White+Cat+1998&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=ea11955e7bfcdc85f521d1ad210dba58" target="_blank"><i>Black Cat, White Cat</i></a> (1998), and a Romany teen uses telekinetic abilities in another Kusturica film, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Time-Gypsies-Davor-Dujmovic/dp/B008GVSRTQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1462814721&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=e86223482c1293abf9a8ca9a6b0e1004" target="_blank"><i>Time of the Gypsies</i></a> (1988). </span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s2">In Nae Caranfil’s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Closer-Moon-Vera-Farmiga/dp/B00W96MQM8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1462808888&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=2f8d3480e9f425d2f2a8f248f303d3db" target="_blank"><i>Closer to the Moon </i></a>(2013), based on real events in communist-era Romania, five friends plot to rob the national bank. </span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s2"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Ister-Martin-Heidegger/dp/B002EOVWTS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462808937&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=the+ister+2004&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=f5236f7ae8fb703d5725221142b0ef28" target="_blank">The Ister</a> (2004), an avant-garde documentary by David Barison and Daniel Ross, brings into relief the life of philosopher Martin Heidegger, warts and all, while the film travels the Danube upstream to its source.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s2">Michael and Rita Schlamberger’s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Donau-Lebensader-Europas/dp/B00949G5G6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462808994&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Donau%3A+Lebensader+Europas&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=6bb1e51d45b768c31affbb8e84de31f9" target="_blank"><i>Donau: Lebensader Europas</i></a><i> </i>(2012), a documentary TV series, features stunning wildlife cinematography.</span></p><h1><strong>Instagram</strong></h1><p>Romanian photographers capture beauty and whimsy in <a href="https://www.instagram.com/everydayromania/?hl=en" target="_blank">@everydayromania</a>.</p><p>Maximilian Reiss (<a href="http://instagram.com/maxolut" target="_blank">@maxolut</a>) and a photographer named Wolfgang (<a href="http://instagram.com/famiglia_vienna" target="_blank">@famiglia_vienna</a>) seek out Vienna’s urban art.</p><p>Kurt K. (<a href="http://instagram.com/curtiscovers" target="_blank">@curtiscovers</a>) photographs the Viennese in motion.</p><h1><strong>Apps</strong></h1><p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/belvedere-museum-vienna-home/id915269735?mt=8" target="_blank">Belvedere Museum Vienna</a> and <a href="https://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/mobile/applications/sights" target="_blank">Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna</a> offer interactive information about their collections.</p><p><a href="http://theviennaproject.org/app/" target="_blank">The Vienna Project</a> memorializes victims of National Socialism by mapping “memory spaces” with tours and oral history videos (select English). </p><p><a href="http://pocketguideapp.com/" target="_blank">Pocket Guide</a> has themed audio tours, such as “Budapest’s Silicon Valley” and “Communist Bucharest.”</p><p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/belgrade-talking/id669217083?mt=8" target="_blank">Belgrade Talking</a> “augments reality” by superimposing information on city landmarks seen through your smartphone camera—sans roaming charges. </p><h1><strong>Blogs &amp; Websites</strong></h1><p><a href="http://www.riverproject.net/danube/concept.html" target="_blank">The Danube River Project</a> is an artistic and scientific compendium of audio, video, and photos taken at water level to show what lies above and below.</p><p><a href="http://www.vienna-unwrapped.com/" target="_blank">Vienna Unwrapped</a> suggests attractions, tours, shopping, and hotels to fill any itinerary.</p><p><a href="https://www.metropole.at/" target="_blank">Metropole</a>, a website and print magazine, offers a local take on Viennese art, books, and pressing regional issues.</p><p><a href="http://www.viennawurstelstand.com/" target="_blank">Vienna Würstelstand</a> or “sausage stand,” chronicles the city’s best—you guessed it—sausage stands, along with other gastronomic and aesthetic ventures.</p><p><a href="http://stillinbelgrade.com/" target="_blank">Still in Belgrade</a> features dining, lodging, and tour recommendations, as well as museum exhibits and social events. <a href="http://g12hub.com/en/program/performances" target="_blank">Gallery 12 Hub</a> attracts experimental performance artists from Belgrade and beyond.</p><p>The <a href="http://balkanist.net/" target="_blank">Balkanist</a> provides a sharp analysis of politics and culture, covering the Balkans and Eastern Europe.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.staatsoperlive.com/en/live/" target="_blank">Vienna State Opera</a> streams live performances online. (Subscriptions are about $19 per month.) </p><p><a href="http://bebudapest.hu" target="_blank">Be Budapest</a> offers recommendations for sightseers, museumgoers, and food lovers. <a href="http://www.bathsbudapest.com/" target="_blank">Baths Budapest</a> catalogues an array of thermal springs and baths.</p><h1><strong>Dance &amp; Music</strong></h1><p>George Balanchine’s ballet <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7WC9W3Jhsc" target="_blank"><em>Vienna Waltzes</em></a> (excerpt) pays homage to the once banned dance.</p><p>The world-renowned choral group <a href="http://www.themysteryofthebulgarianvoices.com/listen-to-us/" target="_blank">Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares</a> sings traditional and contemporary Bulgarian folk.</p><p>Prolific musician Šaban Bajramović earns his moniker in the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-King-Serbia-Saban-Bajramovic/dp/B0000APVBK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462812684&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Gypsy+King+of+Serbia&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=337e2c41b2b9bdbfd60d9edeaa17b970" target="_blank"><em>Gypsy King of Serbia</em></a> CD (2002). </p><p>Last but not least, Johann Strauss’s choral waltz, “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CTYymbbEL4" target="_blank">The Blue Danube</a>,” composed to uplift Vienna after Austria’s military defeat by Prussia, still resonates today.</p><div class="embedly-plugin" data-type="video"><iframe class="embedly-embed" src="//cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2FtEDxGTLAUsQ%3Ffeature%3Doembed&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DtEDxGTLAUsQ%26feature%3Dyoutu.be&image=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FtEDxGTLAUsQ%2Fhqdefault.jpg&key=910736d228f04c3a98b7157eb004270d&type=text%2Fhtml&schema=youtube" width="854" height="480" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><h1><strong>Books</strong></h1><p>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Danube-Journey-Upriver-Black-Forest/dp/0300205457/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462812786&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=The+Danube%3A+A+Journey+Upriver+from+the+Black+Sea+to+the+Black+Forest&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=2cf8905bfcd62785454e2f7087c63829" target="_blank"><em>The Danube: A Journey Upriver from the Black Sea to the Black Forest</em></a>, Nick Thorpe travels its full 1,770 miles, taking in the landscape, history, and people. Patrick Leigh Fermor’s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Between-Woods-Water-Constantinople-Classics/dp/1590171667/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462814976&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=between+the+woods+and+water&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=c350f4733790467e8f0f4a4bcc7a0af7" target="_blank"><em>Between the Woods and the Water</em></a> recounts his yearlong walk in 1934 from the Great Hungarian Plain to the Iron Gates, revealing ways of life long vanished. </p><p>Rebecca West writes of the Balkans with eloquence and prescience in her 1941 classic <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Black-Lamb-Falcon-Penguin-Classics/dp/014310490X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462812866&amp;ref_=tmm_pap_swatch_0&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=0b03828afc558b08f464614d5ce6dd16" target="_blank"><em>Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey through Yugoslavia</em></a>. In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Elias-Canetti-Tongue-Torch/dp/0374527148/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1462812900&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=7044bb802faff2f442760f85c24a5f8b" target="_blank"><em>The Memoirs of Elias Canetti</em></a> trilogy, the Bulgarian-born Nobel laureate shares his memories of Mitteleuropa. </p><p>Stefan Zweig’s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/World-Yesterday-Stefan-Zweig/dp/0803226616/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462812975&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=The+World+of+Yesterday&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=38765d9439662375b1e51fcab8c12b2e" target="_blank"><em>The World of Yesterday</em></a>, translated by Anthea Bell, hauntingly describes life and loss in Vienna from the turn of the century to the rise of Nazism. Simon Winder gives a humorous yet erudite account of Europe’s longest ruling family in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Danubia-Personal-History-Habsburg-Europe/dp/0374175292/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1462814391&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=99d238563d61145aacf33832a9855d23" target="_blank"><em>Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe</em></a>. </p><p>Anne-Marie O’Connor’s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Lady-Gold-Extraordinary-Masterpiece-Bloch-Bauer/dp/1101873124/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1462813006&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=fe3421ae9a3773a49151dc3b499fc750" target="_blank"><em>The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, </em>“Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,”</a> investigates the theft of the Viennese Jewish elite’s art collections during the Anschluss. Edmund de Waal’s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Hare-Amber-Eyes-Hidden-Inheritance/dp/0312569378/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462813034&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=The+Hare+with+Amber+Eyes%3A+A+Hidden+Inheritance&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=ef404847c025d4dbf3cb032a269535af" target="_blank"><em>The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance</em></a> traces his family’s tragic losses. </p><p>Having endured a concentration camp and communism before leaving Romania, Norman Manea goes home in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Hooligans-Return-Memoir-Norman-Manea/dp/0374282560/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1462813152&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=765a847a682bf74fba3dad538c4bf158" target="_blank"><em>The Hooligan’s Return</em></a>. Isabel Fonseca’s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bury-Me-Standing-Gypsies-Journey/dp/067973743X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462813196&amp;ref_=tmm_pap_swatch_0&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=ace52a6f7a962dd16773eda207a57002" target="_blank"><em>Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey</em></a> sheds light on a mysterious, often misunderstood nomadic group.</p><p>Robert Musil’s novel, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Man-Without-Qualities-Vol-Introduction/dp/0679767878/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1462813260&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=75d1f11776f6bd1316bb1b586cf3fbfb" target="_blank"><em>The Man Without Qualities</em></a>, follows a cerebral ex-soldier in Vienna before World War I. Sándor Márai’s <em>Embers</em> centers on a broken friendship between boyhood friends, now old men, who meet for dinner in a Hungarian castle. </p><p>Gabriele Fahr-Becker’s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Wiener-Werkst%C3%A4tte-Gabriele-Fahr-Becker/dp/3836519887/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462813299&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Wiener+Werkst%C3%A4tte&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=smithsonianco-20&amp;linkId=6d6182cb1391604240d6db112ac9b1c9" target="_blank"><em>Wiener Werkstätte</em></a> contains beautiful illustrations of Vienna’s iconic furniture and crafts company.</p><div class="embedly-plugin" data-type="link"></div>
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