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Where in Hollywood?

In 2013, I spent one year living in New Zealand. Many people ask me why I decided to move to the other side of the world. My answer… Lord of the Rings. To my disappointment, I discovered that orcs and wizards don’t actually exist, but what you can find are the footprints trodden by the whopping cast and crew during the late 90s and early 00s. What am I talking about? Two words; filming locations.

While New Zealand was home to one of my favourite films, I currently reside in Prague, which does not fall short of filming locations. This city has welcomed some of the most well-known and critically acclaimed films. Let’s check a few of them out…
Amadeus (1984) was the film that kicked it all off. This film centres on the life of Mozart told through the eyes of his rival, Salieri. The task was to transform Prague into 18th Century Vienna. Due to the grandiose architecture, courteous of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, this was not a difficult job. This is not the only time that Prague has stepped in for another city. Euro Trip (2004) was largely filmed in Prague, which in my opinion, shamefully represented “Europe”. However, that subject is an article of its own!

Just like Euro Trip, Amadeus was filmed almost entirely in Prague. If you’re up for an adventure, you could spend a good week finding all of them.

One glorious and easily accessible location is that at Hradčany Square. The impressive Archbishop Palace became the also very impressive Emperor’s Palace. If you stumble upon number 7, you can find Mozart’s home (pictured below). Unfortunately only his movie home, as Mozart spent most of his life living in Vienna.


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Czech This - Prague On Set - Movies Shot in Prague


If you make your way to number 1 you will come across Salmovský palác (below left). This was featured in both Van Helsing (2004) and Shanghi Knights (2003). The films don’t stop there; the square itself (below right) was part of the set for Les Misarables (1998). If you’re a movie buff travelling in Prague, Hradčany Square is one of the best places to be.


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Czech This - Prague On Set - Movies Shot in Prague


Next on the list is a personal favourite of mine, Mission Impossible (1996). This post-cold War spy thriller was a smash-hit blockbuster in the mid-90s. Brian De Palma, known for films such as Scarface and The Untouchables, brought Prague alive during the explosive first act in Mission Impossible. You probably recall the famous scene on Charles Bridge, where Jim Phelps frames his own death, but you might not recognise the scenes around the picturesque Vltava River, as pictured below.


Czech This - Prague On Set - Movies Shot in Prague


Czech This - Prague On Set - Movies Shot in Prague


If you stroll down Václavské náměstí, you can find the Natural History Museum. Although it’s not much to look at now due to reconstruction, but twenty two years earlier it was the set for the ill-fated mission at the embassy. A few doors down from that you can find the Europa Hotel, which became Max’s art deco HQ.

Moving to one of the most daring and realistic Bond films to date; Casino Royale (2006). This film was shot in various locations, all over the world. Thankfully, the Czech Republic was one of them. Strahov Monastery (below) became the infamous British House of Commons, while Václav Havel became Miami International Airport, and even Karlovy Vary transformed into the backdrop for the Montenegro sequences. So, the film may not be set in the Czech Republic, but we can still follow the steps of Bond.


Czech This - Prague On Set - Movies Shot in Prague


Czech This - Prague On Set - Movies Shot in Prague


However, just like Mission Impossible, the black and white opening sequence to Casino Royale is set and filmed in Prague. As you can see below, the Danube House became the setting for Bond’s famous second kill.


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Czech This - Prague On Set - Movies Shot in Prague


Here are just a few examples of Hollywood films coming to Prague. Due to the low costs of filming in this part of Europe, it’s no wonder that Prague has become a hot spot location. With Barrandov Studios and other independent production companies growing, there is no doubt that films and television shows will continue to flourish here. So why not check some of these locations out yourself? If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to hear ... LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!


Date of Listing: 11 May 2018, 06:32:20
Category: Film and Cinema Viewed: 458 times
Author: matthewlw Listing Ref: 2015773579
Date of Listing: 11 May 2018, 06:32:20

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