Radio Prague is introducing Screen Czech - a monthly show devoted to film and TV production here in the Czech Republic. Over the next few months Peter Smith will be bringing you news about the industry and interviews with the people most closely involved, both Czech and foreigners coming here to work. There will also be a run down of all the latest Czech movie news coming up. The first edition of Screen Czech deals with a controversial issue that threatens to derail foreign investment in the movie and TV industry here in the Czech Republic.
Jiří Jírů developed a love for photography from his uncle, the avant-garde Czech photographer Václav Jírů, before studying the discipline in Brussels and working for US publications such as Time and Newsweek. In the course of his career, Jiří Jírů has snapped celebrities ranging from the Bee Gees to Queen Elizabeth II, and spent almost a decade working as President Václav Havel’s official photographer. Jírů divides his time between Prague and Brussels, which is where he found himself on August 21, 1968:
For the occasion of September 28, I’m here at a place that some people actually call the real centre of the Czech Republic. Not the geographic centre to be sure, but certainly the focal point for much of the Czech Republic’s rocky modern-day history. It’s a statue of a man on a horse (which people call ‘the horse’ when they arrange one of the hundreds of meetings that take place here each day). But it’s of course the man on the horse that has overseen everything over the last hundred years from the declaration of Czechoslovak independence to the
One of Prague’s best known German-language authors was Egon Erwin Kisch, who was born in the Czech capital 125 years ago this Thursday. His excellent style and original choice of stories, together with his dramatic life, earned him a reputation of the ‘Raging Reporter’ that is still very much alive today.
Christopher Harwood is a lecturer in Czech at Columbia University in New York. When I met him at his office on Columbia’s Upper West Side campus, we discussed Czech literature, the difficulties of learning Czech, and how Professor Harwood himself had become good enough at the language to teach it at one of the world’s leading universities.
On this week’s Sunday Music Show we mark the birthday of Antonín Dvořák, who would have 170 candles on his birthday cake this year. Unfortunately he only lived to the age of 63, enjoying a career of about four decades, but he saw the kind of success in his day that few composers could dare to hope for. Today’s show is a personal tribute to one of the greatest masters of Western musical history.
This edition of Sunday Music show is dedicated to the poet and lyrics writer Pavel Vrba who died last week at the age of 73. In a career spanning over five decades, Mr Vrba authored lyrics to more than 2,000 songs. His prolificacy along with a wide range of singers, musicians and bands he worked with made his lyrics a phenomenon in the Czech pop culture.