Thursday, January 3, 2013

Radio Prague Today 1.3.2013

Articles posted today

The ideal skiing holiday: brushing shoulders with celebrities at Špindl

It's the Czech answer to Aspen or St. Moritz – the Czech ski resort frequented by local celebrities, tourists and well-off Czechs. Špindleruv Mlýn or Špindl –as it is commony called –offers more than good skiing and excellent services, it offers the chance to party and socialize in cosmopolitan surroundings.

Presidential amnesty slammed for letting big fish off the hook

An amnesty declared by President Václav Klaus on New Year's Day has come under fire from all sides. Most experts agree the president was right in granting amnesty to people sentenced to less than one year in jail, as well as to elderly prisoners serving terms for more serious crimes. But Mr Klaus's decision to halt prosecution of cases older than eight years, regardless of the nature of the crime, has earned him serious criticism.

New publication presents early years of Czech animation

The Czech National Film Archive has come out with a new publication entitled Czech Animated Film from 1920 to 1945. The publication follows a six-part series that the archive published last year about Czech feature films. This book, though, looks at a rarely mentioned period in Czech animation. Although most of the famous Czech animated films came after the war, the seeds were planted in the interwar period. The book is also accompanied by a DVD with a rare collection of over 70 films from this period. Radio Prague spoke to Michaela Mertová from the National Film Archive and asked her what is significant about the new publication.