Hugo Haas was one of the stars of Czechoslovak cinema's golden age of the 1930s. This versatile actor and director was hugely popular in the First Republic and he appeared in a number of classic films from that era. Despite his success, however, Haas's life and career - like that of so many other Czechs who lived during this period - was blighted by the tide of history that swept through Czechoslovakia in the 20th century.
Millions of people have admired it at the Uffizi Art Gallery in Florence. Now, Rembrandt's painting of an old man has acquired a new significance for Czechs. According to Ernst van de Wetering, a Dutch art specialist, the anonymous old man in the painting is almost certainly one of the most prominent figures in Czech history - the teacher of nations Jan Amos Comenius.
As the 'Charles IV: Emperor by the Grace of God' exhibition continues in Prague Castle, visitors to the city are already able to gain an impression of art and culture during the reign of Charles IV, one of the golden ages of Czech history. But what was everyday life in Prague really like under one of the most famous Czech emperors? This is a question which a new exhibition, accompanying the display of gothic works in Prague Castle, intends to answer.
A rather unusual exhibition opened in Prague's Adria Palace on Friday - a collection of film posters representing decades of Bengali cinema. Unlike the commercial song and dance extravaganzas of Bollywood, Bengali cinema is known for its bold experimentation, and the Bengali film industry is one of the oldest in India. Its most famous proponent is the director Satyajit Ray, whose 1955 classic The Song of the Road was the first Indian film to enter the international arena of art cinema. At the official launch Radio Prague spoke to the exhibition's
Just a few years ago a young model and singer named Iva Frühlingova captured headlines in the Czech Republic when she released her first studio album titled Litvinov, at the age of just 21. A CD with a single song in Czech and the rest in French. Frühlingova - originally from northern Bohemia, spent most of her teenage years in France. But after some six years or so, she returned to the Czech Republic. Soon, she began going out with Richard Krajco, and actor and frontman for the popular Czech band Krystof. Theirs was a relationship heavily monitored
This month, most unusually, three new CDs are being released by three generations of the same very well-known Czech family. EF Burian died almost five decades ago, but a new collection of his works has just hit the shops. His son Jan Burian (53) has just brought out a new double album, as has his son Jiri. Jiri goes by the stage name Gregory Finn and leads a rock band called Southpaw. At a joint launch of all three CDs at Prague's Archa Theatre, he told me a little about his famous grandfather.
This week sees the grand opening of the 13th annual Febiofest film festival, a regular date in the diaries of the nation's film buffs. It starts in the capital Prague, before moving on to Moravia, stopping off in Brno, Olomouc and Ostrava, before returning to Bohemia for shows in Liberec, Jihlava and Pardubice. There are 284 films being shown in this year's festival in various categories, from an Andy Warhol retrospective to a panorama of Young European Cinema. I've been finding out more from festival spokesman Pavel Sladky.
On Tuesday, Prague city councillors officially approved plans for a new pavilion to be built just within Prague's Stromovka Park. An ultra-modern structure, the building has been planned for one reason: to house a famous series of paintings created by Czech art nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha, the Slav Epic. Completed in 1928, the series celebrates the mythical beginnings and legendary milestones in Slav history. Remarkably, until now the series has lacked a 'permanent' home. That will now change.
In today's One on One Jan's guest is Ewan McLaren, a Canadian who has lived in the Czech Republic since 1990. For sixteen years Ewan - trained professionally in the theatre - has worked as an actor, director, and finally producer - with such companies as Prague's Studio Ypsilon and the cutting-edge Alfred ve Dvore - The Alfred in the Courtyard Theater. In the interview, Ewan discusses not only his approach to stage performance in the Czech Republic but also his overall fascination with Czech culture. Ewan McLaren - One on One.
We are joined by two writers, Milan Kocourek and Zuzana Slobodova, to talk about their new book "Cesko-slovenska Britanie" - Czech and Slovak Britain. This is a fascinating book that profiles 22 Czechs and Slovaks, who live in Britain or have a connection with Britain, and a further 10 British people who have in some way a close link with the Czech and Slovak nations.