Each year the Czech Republic attracts more Hollywood productions willing to film their masterpieces in Central Europe. The reasons behind this trend are very obvious, producers’ aim was mainly to save money. However, no doubt Czech landscapes added certain charm to (not only) American blockbusters. Here’s the list of the TOP movies shot in the Czech Republic.
As pretty much any James Bond series, Casino Royale (2006) was filmed across many countries around around the globe, but the Czech Republic was a valuable addition to the list. During the shooting Prague’s Vaclav Havel airport filled in for Miami International, Strahov Monastery in Prague became the UK’s House of Commons and Karlovy Vary were used to recreate Montenegro. 🙂
Everything Is Illuminated
An adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel was brought on screens in 2005 by debut director Liev Schrieber. The story tells about an American jew travelling back to Ukraine to find a woman who saved his grandfathers life during the Holocaust. Filming was set mainly in the Ukraine, however, a significant part was also done in the countryside areas close to Prague.
This 2006 movie starring Edward Norton was primaprily shot in the Czech Republic. Among Czech locations there were Český Krumlov, Konopiště castle, Prague Castle, and Divadlo na Vinohradech. Along with other parts of the Czech Republic, city of Tábor was used to recreate Vienna.
The 1996 episode of Mission Impossible starring Tom Cruise was filmed mainly in Prague and London. The ‘embassy’, where the doomed first operation begins, was Prague’s Natural History Museum, which soon should be opened to public after a massive reconstruction. Other Prague locations include Wenceslas Square in the heart of the city and the Lichtenstein Palace on Kampa Island.
Among others, Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy (2004) was shot in Prague. We won’t recognize much of Prague’s scenery in the movie as the filming took place mainly in Barrandov Studios.
Some of you might have noticed Prague’s city center has been lately occupied by filmmakers. So what’s going on? They’ve been filming a new historical blockbuster starring Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy. Jamie Dornan himself actually presented his new masterpiece at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The script is based on the true story of two Czechoslovak soldiers sent to assassinate the head of the SS in 1942. Film should be released in 2016. Can’t wait!