05 Mar Central Europe. A destination of film
In recent years it is increasingly common for foreign productions record his films in Central Europe due to the good conditions offered by countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary or Germany.
For years, the Czech Republic was a hot destination for foreign movies production, due to the Hollywood studios rushing into the country to take advantage of the low production costs, and the high level of talent available throughout the local industry.
Some of the most important films shoot in Prague are:
The director Guillermo del Toro decided to shoot Hellboy completely in Prague after recording his film Blade in the same city. The low production costs and the gothic and decadent atmosphere of the city were the two reasons to return to the Czech Republic.
The Illusionist (2006)
Although the film is set in Austria, it was filmed mostly in the Czech Republic. Some of the Czech locations included Konopiště (as the Crown Prince’s castle), Český Krumlov (the young Eisenheim’s home), Prague Castle, and Divadlo na Vinohradech (as the theater where Eisenheim performs at).
Casino Royale (2006)
Most of the film was shot in the Czech Republic (with sets at Prague’s famous Barrandov Studios)
For example, The opening sequence, in which Bond gets his license to kill, was filmed in the Danube House or the Václav Havel airport (then Ruzyně) which became in the Miami International Airport. Montenegro was represented by Karlovy Vary and Loket during the film’s climactic scenes.
Berlin enjoys a long film history, reaching back right to the beginnings of moving pictures. Some films shoot in Berlin are:
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Hollywood came to Berlin in a big way with the sequel to The Bourne Identity. The film shows Bourne up in Berlin to try to reconnect the threads of his past.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Inglourious Basterds is a war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Most of the movie was filmed in Germany, at the Babelsberg Studios at Potsdam, southwest of Berlin.
Goodbye, Lenin! (2003)
This film shows the Berlin before and after of the fall of the Wall and almost all the film was shot in the former East Berlin.
Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli. Filming took place entirely in Germany, and takes advantage of some real locations. For reasons of economy, indoor scenes were shot at Bavaria Film Studios in Grünwald, outside Munich, such as the scenes of “The Kit Kat Club”.
Budapest with its historic buildings and its beautiful city center is a very popular location for all kind of films
47 Ronin (2013)
47 Ronin is an American fantasy action film showing a fictional account of the forty-seven Ronin, a real-life group of Ronin in the Japan of the 18th century. It was recorded in Budapest at the Origo Film Group’s shooting site and nearby locations. After Budapest the production continued in the United Kingdom and in Japan.
World War Z (2013)
This apocalyptic action film was shot among Scotland, Malta and Budapest. Several of the scenes shot in Budapest, including a large-scale battle with the zombies in Moscow’s Red Square, were dropped from the final cut in order to reduce the film’s political undertones.
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
The filming of the 5th film of the Die Hard serie, closed down part of Budapest over a period of months. In A Good Day to Die Hard, Budapest is easily recognizable even though it’s meant to be Moscow. During the film we can watch Madách Square, Heroes’ Square, Kálvin Square or the Pest bank of the Danube.