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Yes, love inspires music. At 63, Czech composer Leoš Janáček met his Moravian muse, Kamila Stösslová, and through years of writing to her and composing as a way to further experess his feelings, his greatest works were created. Sometimes the words we say are not as important or as telling as the words we write...
Today we have another surprise for you. How many of you realized that the man considered the ‘Father of American Musical Theater’ comes from Czech parents? Yes. Jerome David Kern (1885-1945),  is remembered for his almost 1,000 songs and more than 100 theater performances and films. Jerome Kern was born in New York, in Sutton Place,...
It took the Czechs five years to animate Divoká planeta, which literally translates to ‘The Wild Planet‘, a film more known by its French name La Planète sauvage or, for our English speaking friends, Fantastic Planet. The French came to the Czechs for their cutout stop-motion science fiction techniques for this film, directed by René...
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L’Opera Barocca is a institute of Baroque culture which supplies Czech people living in Prague and tourists with nightly baroque performances. They host many opera shows throughout the year, but their annual Opera Barocca Festival which features Baroque music, dance, and festivities, is the most popular. Almost all of Opera Barocca’s programs take place at the beautiful Clam-Gallas Palace. The...
Today marks the anniversary of the death of Jan Palach and in his honor, we are sharing a film we recently watched about him and what he means to the people of the Czech Republic. In January 1969, Czechoslovakia was under Soviet occupation following an August invasion to crush the liberal reforms of Alexander Dubcek’s...
The Christmas Dream or in Czech, Vánoční sen, is a Czechoslovakian animated stop-motion short film from 1945 created by Karel Zeman and Bořivoj Zeman, also known as the Zeman Brothers. This wonderful short film was Karel Zeman’s first experiment in combining live-action footage with stop-motion animation, a process he continued to explore in his later feature films,...