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Filming crews in Prague to pay more for using the city as a set only

In Culture,Entertainment on February 21, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , ,

(c) Getty Images

(c) Getty Images

Prague used to be a favorite spot for American filmmakers. There were two categories of movies: one, the movie actually took place in Prague and naturally it was also shot there, because you can’t build a fake Prague lot and you can’t shoot the movie in Budapest, or elsewhere, because people would not buy it. And two, the movie did not actually take place in Prague and Prague only “played another city”. It is interesting how it only works one way.

However, the methods of filmmakers paying filming fees to the municipality of Prague 1, i.e. the central borough, do not work at all as they should. According to the Reflex weekly, the municipality came up with two sets of fees. It means that filmmakers who only use Prague as a set will pay more than those who actually admit that the story in question takes place in our capital.

Be it as it may, the Prague municipality’s requirements are becoming unacceptable (translated: bureaucrats want too much money) and so production companies consider Budapest, Vienna and other cities more often than they used to. Too bad … for everybody. We wanted too much and we ended up having nothing… Typical, eh?


Cops: Penis snow sculpture? No way

In Culture on February 17, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

(c) B. Malecek,

(c) B. Malecek,

A group of enthusiasts from the Czech town of Slavkov u Brna found a unique way to spend winter free time. They build penis sculptures. In other words they build a snow mock-up of something almost everybody in this country has seen or touched (at least once) in their life.

However the Municipal Police of the said town decided that the sculpture must be destroyed. The Commissioner, Pavel Ehrenberger, said to a local daily:

It was built close to a kindergarten, so it had to go…

Since this was a penis, I think it is appropriate to react: What the f*uck? It was a piece of ice, for crying out loud. It was a satirical stunt. And so what it was built close to a kindergarten? Uptight parents could have told their kids it was a mushroom, whereas normal parents could explain it according to the actual status of mental development of their child. Is the Commissioner trying to say that had this thing been built elsewhere, they would leave it alone?

Plus, I am pretty certain that kindergarten kids can’t be offended by a snow sculpture resembling an erection, if they have not seen a real one before, which corresponds to Charles Sanders Peirce’s theory of signs and semiotics. There is no connotation, there is no reference model…

This is a huge hypocrisy issue going on. Many Czechs will turn away when they see a drunk hobo – but they often get drunk at parties themselves, so the only difference is that they wake up in their own or somebody else’s bed, while the hobo wakes up on a park bench. Some people will point and faint when they see a snow (!!) sculpture of a penis but they will not report their neighbor to authorities for littering.


The most talented Czech cartoonist

In Culture,Politics on November 6, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , ,

Lubomir Vanek is a cartoonist from Brno, Czech Republic who has cooperated with many dailies for years, which includes the daily that I used to work for. He was able to draw a strip or another such assignment within moments, or hours.

He holds several records that has gotten his name into the Guinness Book. If you work for a foreign company based in the Czech Republic and if you consider an unusual form of presentation, or let’s say a gift for your CEO, he’s your man. The portraits are unbelievable accurate. And I think he would be able to draw your CEO shaking hands with Vaclav Klaus or Barack Obama.

I do like Peanuts and Snoopy and the work of Charles Schultz as such, but Mr. Vanek is way better…

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