World Film Locations: Prague

Edited by Marcelline Block

Edited by Marcelline Block

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781783200276 Published November 2013
Prague, the “Hollywood of the East,” has played an important role in the history of cinema and World Film Locations: Prague traverses the city’s topography to examine an internationally diverse range of movies made in the Czech capital: landmark early films such as Ecstasy, controversial due to the female nudity that catapulted Hedy Lamarr into stardom in the United States; Steven Soderbergh’s biopic Kafka, starring Jeremy Irons; adaptations of Kafka’s literary works such as The Trial, with a screenplay by Harold Pinter and starring Anthony Hopkins; and action blockbusters like Mission Impossible, The Bourne Identity, and Casino Royale. Exploring legendary Prague landmarks as they appear onscreen—including the Charles Bridge, Old Town, Malá Strana, Liechtenstein Palace, Wenceslas Square, and Prague Castle—the book also discusses the intersection of the capital city and its cinematic representations; Prague and the Czech New Wave; the iconic Barrandov Studios; and the impact of political events such as the Prague Spring, the Soviet Invasion of 1968, and the Velvet Revolution on the city’s film industry. 
An invaluable resource for scholars, students, and aficionados of film and cinematic psychogeography, this collection will be heralded by students of East European literary, cultural, and sociopolitical history.

Contents

Prague: City of the Imagination

Marcelline Block

 

Picturing Prague: The Old Jewish Cemetery       

Mark Podwal

 

Scenes 1-8

1913-1984

 

Barrandov Studios: The Continent’s Answer to Hollywood

Ila Tyagi

 

Scenes 9-16

1988-1998

 

From Prague Abroad to Abroad in Prague

Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoàng

 

Scenes 17-24

1999-2002

 

Film Projections of the Prague Spring

Oana Chivoiu

 

Scenes 25-32

2003-2005

 

The Presence of the Past in Prague

Kristiina Hackel

 

Scenes 33-39

2005-2008

 

The Cinema of Prague During World War II

Peter Demetz

 

Scenes 40-46

2008-2012

 

Backpages

Resources

Contributor Bios

Filmography

 

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