Posts Tagged ‘cinema’


The Vanessa Hudgens “scandal” and Czech family movies. Good to compare

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

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and conservative readers

A reminder to begin with: A few years ago Vanessa Hudgens took a few pictures of herself that she wanted to give to her then-boyfriend. The photos leaked and surfaced…on the Internet. They were nudes, not porn.

And yet she felt like she had to apologize to her fans who might have felt offended by… well, something we all do all the time, i.e. get naked.


Czech Republic, April 2009: TV Nova airs a certain 1981 Czechoslovak movie about a shy construction worker apprentice who seems to have zero luck with women [IMDb link]. The movie was scheduled for primetime program, i.e. 8:00 p.m. And this scene is what viewers can see about 20 minutes into the movie:


Yes, about 10 girls go swimming in a pond later in the evening. They are 15-16 years old… and they are naked.

Yes, pre-1989 communist cinematography sometimes consisted in having naked teen girls in few-second shots in family movies and comedies, if it fit the script and if it was obvious that this is what people do.

Back in the 1990’s when the same aforementioned TV station aired Beverly Hills 90210 I always hated scenes in which actors engaged in sex, the scene would fade to black and the next scene would show the male protagonist waking up wearing a T-shirt and shorts. Guys under 30 do NOT get dressed after sex. Never ever…


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?

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