The Prague Zoo
The Zookeeper's Wife, 2017
U Trojského zámku 3
Allegedly set in Poland, this true story was almost entirely shot in and around Prague’s ZOO and exhibition grounds. The stars of the movie were Jessica Chastain and Tamara and Janita, two Sri Lankan female elephants. It tells the tale of the zookeeper’s wife’s courage as she hid Jewish fugitives during WWII.
Saint Giles Church
The Oscar-winning American filmmaker of Czech origin, Miloš Forman, chose to film Mozart’s wedding in this Baroque church. The backdrop of the splendid gilded altar certainly looked amazing in this biopic film about the musical genius who was portrayed as ‘an unprincipled spoilt conceited brat’.
Inspired by a true story of a WWII resistance operation to assassinate one of the main architects of the Holocaust and the acting Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. Not the original location of the 27 May 1942 event, but more suited as a movie set thanks to the well preserved surroundings.
Casino Royale, 2006
Rohanské nábřeží 2
The black and white opening scene was filmed in this high-rise building. Bond breaks into Dryden’s office to find out that the second killing is ‘considerably’ easier. An action that earns him a licence to kill and his status as an 00 agent.
The Illusionist, 2006
Náměstí Míru 7
The neo-Renaissance façade of Vinohrady's Náměstí míru was where Edward Norton as Eisenheim staged a magic show involving necromancy. Did his performance really unlock mysteries and bend nature’s laws, or was it merely an illusion?