Tag Archives: Czech

Prague Museum of Communism

Nestled with irony between a McDonald’s and a casino is Prague’s Museum of Communism. It walks the thin line between being another tacky tourist trap museum (which I love) and an actual educational experience (which I also enjoy), with the over-arching message of, “Communism — that sure did suck.”

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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Despite intense social and political messages, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is not a grim, oppressive movie. It is not about defeat, but triumph. Overarching it all is young Valerie’s ability to remain steadfastly optimistic, hopeful, and curious despite all the attempts to control her, subjugate her, or own her.

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Marketa Lazarová

At its core, Marketa Lazarová is the story of two rival clans in early 13th century Bohemia: the primitive Pagan raiders the Kozlíks, lorded over by a brutal patriarch; and the slightly more civilized Lazars, led by an opportunistic father who, while unwilling to participate in the bloody raids perpetrated by the Kozlíks, is more than happy to swoop in after the fact and scavenge for anything he might think could be of value.

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