Czech Filmmakers Reveal Incredible Prague Movie Tricks

Czech Filmmakers Reveal Incredible Prague Movie Tricks

Although it seems incredible, director Julius Ševčík’s biographical film Masaryk, detailing the international life and times of Czech politician and diplomat Jan Masaryk, was shot entirely in the Czech Republic. 

Anyone who has seen the Karel Roden-helmed biopic knows that it is set in 1939 during Masaryk’s journeys to America and London where he served at the Czechoslovak embassy just before the outbreak of the Second World War.

According to a recent interview with MagicLab, the post-production team behind the film’s special effects, some 170+ “expert film tricks” were employed for the making of the film, which picked up twelve Czech Lion awards earlier this month.

While some stock footage was taken during a production trip to London, scenes with actors that were meant to be in certain iconic global locations were actually filmed right here in Prague.

For instance, the Čech Bridge doubled for the Westminster Bridge while the Hotel InterContinental stood in for the Palace of Westminster; a psychiatric ward in the US was actually the maternity hospital Prague U Apolináře.

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The team also headed to the Netherlands to shoot Dutch grasses for layering into scenes from Masaryk.

You can see numerous other amazing Prague-transformed-as-London (and the US) effects in the above MagicLab showreel.

Elizabeth Haas

Elizabeth Haas is the editor of She has lived in Prague for 12 years working as a writer and editor of cookbooks and travel guides. Her work has appeared in both Czech and American publications.

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