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World Film Locations: Prague

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.

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2013

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Table of Contents

Prague: City of the Imagination

Marcelline Block

Picturing Prague: The Old Jewish Cemetery       

Mark Podwal

Scenes 1-8


Barrandov Studios: The Continent’s Answer to Hollywood

Ila Tyagi

Scenes 9-16


From Prague Abroad to Abroad in Prague

Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoàng

Scenes 17-24


Film Projections of the Prague Spring

Oana Chivoiu

Scenes 25-32


The Presence of the Past in Prague

Kristiina Hackel

Scenes 33-39


The Cinema of Prague During World War II

Peter Demetz

Scenes 40-46




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