This autumn marks the centenary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. With the Czech Festival celebrating the country's cultural achievements over what has been an often tumultuous period, Cinema Paradiso examines the way Czech cinema has reflected and shaped the nation's destiny. The novelty entertainment reached Prague in October, which hosted screenings of the first homemade titles two years later. Although the first cinemas relied heavily on imported pictures, entrepreneurs like Antonin Pech, Max Urban and Alois Jalovec formed their own production companies. Clips from the film can be seen in Alexandra Dean's documentary, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story , as Kiesler went on to become a major Hollywood star and a pioneering inventor. Another Czechoslovak actress to make a name for herself abroad was Anny Ondra, who was disowned by her family after she moved in with Lamac while still a teenager.
Not Rated min Drama, History, Romance. A grim portrayal of the shift from Paganism to Christianity in medieval Czechoslovakia - as a young virgin promised to God is kidnapped and raped by a marauder who her religious father seeks to kill in return. Votes: 3, Not Rated min Drama, War. A carpenter in the Nazi-occupied Slovak State is appointed "Aryan controller" of a Jewish widow's store.
Formerly one nation known as Czechoslovakia, the country is a former communist nation, being occupied by the Soviet Union until In , Czechoslovakia was dissolved forming two separate countries; the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It is therefore no surprise to learn than the Czechs are generally akin to this ideal of non-conformist, slightly eccentric and alternative lifestyle.
Taken as a whole, the sex industry in the Czech Republic — from prostitution, strip clubs and sex shops to erotic magazines, films, and the internet — is big business, with a share of gross domestic product to rival many smaller sectors. Foreign adult film producers are interested in the Czech Republic, due not only to the charms of local girls, but also the generally liberal attitude towards erotica in this country. Bohem Production may be the best established local firm. It turns out about 12 films a year, spending from CZK , to 1. Not surprisingly, top of the list is prostitution.