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Albania in Prose and Film

Albania’s culture is a strange combination of the ancient and the new, as even modern works often focus on its long traditions, such as blood feuds and sworn virgins, to say nothing of Albania’s medieval heroes and more recent totalitarianism. Like everything else in the country, Albania’s culture reflects many … Read More

Czech Culture in 19 Bites

Czech popular culture offers fantastic diversity, from biting satire mocking communism, to nostalgic looks at periods of prosperity and hope, so we’ve decided to offer an extensive sample platter. From novels universally beloved in Europe, to influential plays and essays, from broad comedies to moving films, we set before you … Read More

Italian Film, from the Piave to Basilicata

From masterpieces of the Western canon to lowbrow comedies to meditations on power, Italian classics run the gamut emotionally. Geographically, they’re no less varied, set from the alpine Piave River to Basilicata in the south. We asked our Italian staff for films that help explain their beloved homeland, and got … Read More

Our Pick of Polish Cinema

Despite its heavy-handed censors, communist Poland invested heavily in film, training auteurs and building many cinemas, which offered cheap seats and international movies. This investment continued to pay off after the country’s return to democracy. We asked our resident film buff Igor, one of our staff in Krakow, to recommend … Read More

Georgian Culture in Books and Film

Many of you may still not know that Georgia is a country of an ancient culture with rich history and unique artefacts. It is located at the crossroads of Eastern and Western Civilizations, where the fusion of European and Asian lifestyles has been going on for millennia. It is impossible … Read More

Prague on Film

Prague is a beautiful, historic city. Those characteristics, plus its long film tradition (Barrandov, the city’s film studio, is one of the largest in Europe) have made it a hot movie site for local and global productions. Many well-known movies have been shot in Prague, and more often than not, the … Read More

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