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Category / Movies
Last night we watched an interesting movie about the Czech actress, Lída Baarová. It’s a fictional work based on the real life of the actress and her affair with the Nazi Party’s Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, which lasted from September 1936 until August 1938. It’s an interpretation of her life and affair, and not a...
The film Red Tails takes place in Italy, 1944. We’re posting about it today because it was filmed in 9 filming locations, the main “base camp” in the Czech Republic. Other locations include, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, San Rafael, California, Skywalker Ranch, San Rafael, California, Hamilton Air Force Base, Novato, California, Kerner Optical Sound Stages, San Rafael, California, and Prague Studios,...
Ecce homo Homolka, or in English, Behold Homolka (1970) It is a beautiful Sunday and the Homolka family are having a typically Czech picnic in a forest not far from Prague. The grandfather and grandmother have settled comfortably in the grass, their son Ludva romps about in the river with his two young twin sons,...
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...
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,...
What a delight it was to be contacted by Greg Bachar, the Outreach Coordinator for the new film, Too Loud a Solitude. The film is based on Czech Writer Bohumil Hrabal’s beloved novella, Too Loud A Solitude (Příliš hlučná samota, 1976). This is the first of  Bohumil Hrabal’s work to be adapted by an American director. Hrabal is widely considered to be...
The Vengeance of She is a 1968 British fantasy film directed by Cliff Owen and made by 20th Century Fox. It stars Czech actress Olinka Berova (aka Olga Schoberová) and John Richardson. It was made by Hammer Films as a loose sequel to the 1965 hit film She which starred Ursula Andress. The character Kallikrates, played by John Richardson, is the...