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The MittelCinemaFest is Starting

The great Italian cinema returns to the Czech Republic this year as well, for a livestream eighth edition, that doesn’t put quality second With a selection of eleven films from the current Italian film season, the MittelCinemaFest 2020 kicks off on Thursday, November 26,...

Sursum, when art and the occult meet

A circle of painters and writers remembered as an important example of contact between official culture and mystical and esoteric thought, particularly in vogue in the Europe of the early twentieth century At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, and mainly at...

Einstein’s turning point in Bohemia

A universal – and personal – revolution born in Prague, in the beginnings of XX century As if stirred up by excitement, he was walking all muffled up and at a brisk pace under the zinc spears, the first illuminated windows, and the slow-flowing...

Karel Moor. «Musicista migrante» nella Mitteleuropa del ‘900

Karel Moor was a Czech composer and orchestra conductor who lived between 1873 and 1945. Born in Lázně Bělohrad, in the quiet Bohemian province, from a restless character and a prolific artist, he participated with energy and strength in the development of the Czech...

Il museo delle promesse infrante

Laure is the curator of the Museum of Broken Promises in Paris. When she leaves France and arrives in Prague, in the summer of 1986, she feels that she has been catapulted into a world with less vivid colors, less vibrant voices, and less...

Bez vědomí: the days that shaped the fate of the Czech Republic

The HBO series, the country’s great television event of recent times, offers an excellent analysis of the fateful days that preceded the Velvet Revolution We are in London in the autumn of 1989 where two Czechoslovakian exiles, the young violinist Marie (Táňa Pauhofová) and...

Ledárny Braník, from ice to dust

Braník, a district known for its brewery, was once famous because rather than beer, ice was kept cool The sleepy Braník district is located on the right bank of the Vltava in the south of Prague. It is suspended between the Podolí Riviera and...

The execution of Milada Horáková

75 years ago It was 27 June 1950 when the Czech politician and jurist Milada Horáková, a symbol of the first anti-Nazi and then anti-communist resistance, was executed in the Pankrác prison in Prague, sentenced for conspiracy and treason. Horáková was 48 years old...

The Prague uprising against the Nazis

75 years ago The Prague Uprising was the prelude to the military offensive of the same name that followed, and which marked the last major military operation of the Second World War on the European front. The Uprising (Czech: Pražské povstání), which began on...

Praha 1987

“Prague 1987” is the photographic story of a trip to a city with a very different face than the one revealed today. The book is a document published a few years before the Velvet Revolution and the division between the Czech Republic and Slovakia....