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We, Italian photographers of the Prague Autumn

Alfonso Modonesi and the tale of a trip to Czechoslovakia with Carlo Leidi at the beginning of Normalization “As soon as we passed the Czechoslovakian border, we thought we would find Russians everywhere, in the streets, in the offices, in the Prague buildings, but...

Regime architecture; what fate?

From the Biennale of Venice 2017, at the pavilion ‘Cecoslovacchia’, a reflection on the buildings seen as the legacy of the communist era Having crossed the red marble portal on which the large ‘Cecoslovacchia’ sign still stands out, a mysterious scarlet metal object welcomes...

The Santa Maria della Vittoria Church in Rome

A wonderful image, a few paintings, history.. and, here we are in the Czech Republic By now, nearly everyone knows at least one of the Churches of Langdon’s journey, protagonist of the thriller film Angels and Demons, directed by Ron Howard and based on...

Babiš and the risk of political break-down under Coronavirus

Political parties begin to prepare for elections in autumn 2021 The Coronavirus pandemic has a far greater effect than the various anti Babiš square rallies and the same scandals over the Prime Minister’s conflicts of interest From the top to the bottom of the...

Grand Hotel. Romanzo sopra le nuvole

Winner in 2007 of the Czech literary prize Magnesia Litera, “Grand Hotel: a novel above the clouds”, tells the surreal story of a boy crushed by the difficulties of a life full of obstacles, but who knows how to understand the clouds, the high...

When blind envy is Czech

In the balance between stereotypes, excessive self-criticism and truth, the title of chronically envious people is often attributed to the Czech citizens by themselves It is customary to say that the grass is always greener on the other side, but from the Czech perspective,...

A sudden cough, and goodbye to the Emperor

One hundred years after the death of Emperor Franz Joseph, we remember the relationship he had with the Kingdom of Bohemia, from his coronation in Olomouc, until his death in 1916 Rigid and strict, first of all towards himself, he demanded similar behavior also...

Vršovice’s discreet charm

To the discovery a popular district in Prague which, in the last few years, has embarked on a new development path Going along the busy Francouzská street, that, after a short distance from Náměstí Míru, steeply descends the south-east side of the hill, on...

La regina del regno dei cristalli

On the eve of the Great War, Herbert, a waiter of a Prague café, retraces the days spent inside a castle belonging to a noble family from the Kingdom of Bohemia. Through a meeting in the café where he works, he meets the lady...

The man who burnt corpses

Immortalized by a series of memorable performances, Rudolf Hrušínský still remains an icon of Czech cinema in the world today. An impressively versatile actor, able to masterfully play such diametrically opposed roles as that of hilarious soldier Švejk and the diabolical Kopfrkingl “Nobody will...