Prague on screen: take a look at the city through an artistic lens
From Gothic spires and cobbled lanes to delightfully offbeat art, Prague is an endlessly alluring destination. Seeking beauty in both its tourist heart and hidden streets, this collection of short films really captures the essence of the Czech capital. Discover the magnificence of the Bohemian city’s culture and heritage.
Featuring 58 dancers pirouetting, body-popping, and marching their way through Prague’s urban areas, Moving Prague is a striking piece of work. Graffiti-strewn train tracks and busy streets are the stage upon which the dancers perform graceful, entirely un-choreographed dance acts. The rawness of Prague’s urban spaces juxtaposes wonderfully with the dancers’ fluid movements. Moving Prague is part of the international Moving Cities project, which captures dancers performing on streets across the world.
French videographer Face du Monde’s charming Prague, City of History video beautifully showcases the smaller details one may miss. From trdelnik pastries baking on the street to the way a busker’s fingers move on his cello fingerboard, the video is a captivating glimpse into the delightful minutia of the city and its historical past. Beguiling too, are aerial shots over the Vltava River and the commanding Charles Bridge.
LA-based videographer, MEL Films depicts Prague’s most striking piece of contemporary public art – a 45-tonne stainless steel bust of writer Franz Kafka. Created by Czech artist, David Cerny, it comprises 42 independently driven layers that rotate and reform to complete his head. Franz of Prague capture’s the kinetic statue’s movements slow-motion whilst meditating on the significance of Kafka’s own mental and internal struggles.
Metron Films’ Night in Prague has such a timeless quality that you’re not quite sure if you’re centuries in the past or in modern day Prague. Shot at night, the Gothic St Vitus Cathedral and Old Town Square come to life in winter. Sentries stand to attention and street artists sketch while snow twinkles on cobbled alleyways. Lights glitter at a Christmas market as a trumpeter plays from the cathedral. Truly enchanting, Night in Prague encapsulates the city at its most stunning after dark.
For the younger generation, California-based O’Rourke Studio takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the city’s monuments and nightlife in just under 3 minutes. Prague, Czech Republic captures dizzying shots of ceiling frescoes, while scenes inside Prague’s churches and city spires precede a hedonistic night out around the city’s bars and nightclubs. All Prague’s hidden treasures are captured – from the graffiti-covered Lennon Wall to gravestones and gargoyles at the Old Jewish Cemetery.