Pop-culture excitement: Prague


  • Under a Cruel Star by Heda Margolius Kovaly (also called a Prague Farewell)
  • The Twelve Little Cakes by Dominika Dery.
  • Summer Meditations by Vaclav Havel
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • The Joke by Milan Kundera
  • Prague in Black and Gold for History by Peter Demetz


Start off with the three films that have won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film:

  • The Shop on Main Street (1965)
  • Closely Watched Trains (1966)
  • Kolya (1996)

Then check out these other great Czech films:

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lena Olin, and Juliette Binoche.

  • Fireman’s Ball, Milos Foreman (1967)

Czech humor at its finest!

And lastly see how Prague’s streets have been a favorite of the American film industry:

  • Hellboy (2004)

Actors: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair

  • Hart’s War (2002)

Actors: Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell

  • XXX (2002)

Actors: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento

  • Mission: Impossible (1996)

Actors: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight


  • Dvořák – 9th Symphony
  • Smetana
  • Janacek
  • Nohavica – wonderful folk singer
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