André Crous

André Crous has 20 articles published.


How to get your face onscreen

The Prague Film School offers intensive, comprehensive training for aspiring film, TV actors Located in a nearly 1,000-year-old building on Pštrossova Street in Prague’s New Town, the Prague Film School (PFS) prides itself on being a hands-on institution that attracts a wide array of quality teachers from the film industry to instruct its 60-odd students… Keep Reading

Movie review: The Book Thief

Movie review: The Book Thief

One of the worst World War II films that have ever seen the light of day There is something sadistic about the industry inflicting movies on us on a near-annual basis that have to do with Jews hiding from the Nazis. From time to time, these films have undeniable strength and importance — for example,… Keep Reading


Movie review: Deadpool

Postmodern overload knocks out ultraviolent superhero movie’s ability to tell a compelling story Deadpool flips the script in its opening scene already. The camera smoothly glides between bodies suspended in mid-air, tracking farther and farther back until we see a car dangling in the air shortly after a fatal collision. Fight Club’s first scene immediately… Keep Reading

Movie review By the Sea

Movie review: By the Sea

Intimate story of crumbling relationship, directed by Angelina Jolie (Pitt), is pure self-indulgence for director, not the viewer Do you remember the scene in Quentin Tarantino’s World War II–set Inglourious Basterds in which U.S. Lieutenant Aldo Raine, played by Brad Pitt, attends a film premiere in Nazi-occupied Paris and pretends to be an Italian? “Bahn-dzhohr-no,”… Keep Reading


‘The Way Out’ wins big

Petr Václav’s film receives most Czech Lion awards; ‘Fair Play’ gets snubbed It was supposed to be Andrea Sedláčková’s night. Her film, Fair Play, had not only been submitted to the Academy Awards as the official Czech entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category but had received an almost unprecedented 14 nominations for the… Keep Reading

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Prague News

Zeman makes protesters see red

Crowd in Prague indicates they are ashamed of Czech president Large posters and loud voices alike proclaimed “Zemane do koše!” (Throw Zeman in the bin!). “I Am Ashamed of My President” read another. But most prominent of all were the red cards of various sizes held aloft in a sign of protest and rejection. The… Keep Reading

Prague News

Giving Zeman the red card

On Nov. 17, Czech protesters will express their disdain for and disappointment in head of state Update: For pictures from the event held Nov. 17, click here. The date is heavy with meaning, and the organizers hope the message will be a powerful one: Nov. 17 is celebrated as the start of the Velvet Revolution that… Keep Reading

Movie review: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him

Movie review: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him

Told from husband’s point of view, story of a breakup is at times moving but has too little going for it She is morbidly depressed, feels unloved and unsupported by her husband, and now she has told him perhaps he should have an affair, “to shake things up.” Although we infer there must have been… Keep Reading


The lives of Nicholas Winton

A young man’s holiday to Czechoslovakia in 1938 saves the lives of hundreds of children It was confirmed last week that Sir Nicholas Winton will indeed be coming to Prague at the end of October to receive the highest honor the Czech Republic can bestow on an individual: the Order of the White Lion. This… Keep Reading


Hotel International Prague: A red-letter hotel

Remnant of social realism stands the test of time — and so does its name It has borne many names, among them Hotel Družba (Friendship), Hotel Čedok, Hotel Holiday Inn and Hotel Crowne Plaza Prague. But for most of its nearly 50-year existence, the 88-meter tall luxury accommodation establishment in Prague’s upper-class Dejvice neighborhood was… Keep Reading

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