我對布拉格的認識，除了國高中歷史、地理課本，便是來自上個世紀八十年代末期時報中譯本初版、代表著某種「文青認証」的《生命中不能承受之輕》。米蘭昆德拉把這本小說寫得輕盈而又沈重（我從此理解「舉重若輕」是什麼意思），涉入而又抽離，結構看似鬆散卻又層層相疊，有時像散文、有時則像隨筆，他是那麼地天馬行空而渾然天成，獨一無二到即便交由編劇大師尚克勞德卡黎耶執筆，由名導菲立普考夫曼協同丹尼爾戴路易斯、茱麗葉畢諾許合力將文字轉譯成為銀幕上的《布拉格的春天》(Unbearable Lightness of Being,1988)，頂多只是依據文本時序重新結構的複製畫，美則美矣，卻差了點信手拈來的靈光，無法盡顯其奧妙層次。
Everything I know about Prague, except what I have learned from history or geography textbooks, was from the Chinese version of Milan Kundera’s “Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1988”, a novel that was sort of “endorsed” by intellectuals. The first edition by China Times Publishing Co. was released at the end of the 80’s. Milan Kundera wrote smoothly yet profoundly - since reading his work, I understood the meaning of dealing with serious subjects in a “light” way. He is involved yet detached. His work seems loosely organized yet it is precisely layered, reading like a personal reflection or essay. It is beyond thought, so natural, so unique that even an adapted film represented by a master screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, and renowned director Philip Kaufman, with the cast including Daniel Day-Lewis and Juliette Binoche could fully capture the essence of this literary work. The film is merely a duplicate, re-arranged in chronological order, still beautiful, but lacking its spontaneous beauty and exquisite levels of meaning.
縱然我從未親自造訪捷克，也知道《布拉格的春天》裡的布拉格街景和捷克風情與真實相較，多了一層浪漫的異國想像。好比我們所看過，由英美創作者取材自亞洲、東歐、第三世界原作的影像改編版本，那種過於乾淨、精緻的「失真」那般。我不免想起了許多好萊塢電影中的布拉格，事實上，它們往往不是布拉格自己。自從九十年代末起，布拉格成為許多外國電影公司的熱門外景地，一方面在於布拉格在二戰期間未遭受嚴重破壞，而得以被用來表現其他戰前歐洲城市（例如強尼戴普主演的《開膛手》(From Hell, 2001) 以其瓜代十九世紀倫敦），另一方面則是其特色建築、低成本人工、避稅措施及既有的電影基礎設施，綜合考量之下對國際電影製片公司產生了相當的吸引力（例如《凡赫辛》 (Van Helsing, 2004) 及《刀鋒戰士2》(Blade II, 2002) 兩部吸血鬼電影不約而同棄吸血鬼的故鄉羅馬尼亞而就布拉格）。於是，布拉格在全球化年代的好萊塢電影中，常常只是一個有著華麗外貌卻少了靈魂的百塔之城，訴說著別人而非自己的故事。
作為布拉格最知名的地標之一，查爾斯橋在《楊朵》(Yentl, 1983) 代表波蘭，到了《阿瑪迪斯》(Amadeus, 1984) 則象徵奧地利。我還記得1996年的《不可能的任務》(Mission Impossible) 讓強沃特從橋上一墜而下，隨後湯姆克魯斯疾奔而至，卻為時已晚；至於《入侵腦細胞》(The Cell, 2000) 印度導演塔森辛2006年的傑作《The Fall》則安排身份成謎的藍色盜賊縱身一躍，對比橋上巴洛克式雕像與聖者浮雕，頗有人生一瞬不落言詮的傳奇意味。
不過，我始終以為真正的布拉格，應是屬於赫拉巴爾、吉利曼佐、哈維爾等人的布拉格。《我曾侍候過英國國王》(I Served the King of England, 2006) 以極其底層卑微的草根視野笑看矮小服務生的遠大夢想，《總理的最後告別》(Leaving, 2011) 則是捷克走向民主共和時代的首任總統哈維爾唯一劇情長片，台上台下的交錯辯證相當精彩，兩片不約而同以回顧人生的角度切入，魔幻中帶著詩意，瘋狂而又偉大。正是那樣一個在憂鬱歷史和歡愉官能中綻放出喜怒哀樂的千變布拉格，才得以憑藉著捷克人最招牌的幽默、狂放，豪邁訴說著一輪接一輪的傳奇人生，訴說著屬於他們自己的故事。
Even though I have never been to the Czech Republic, I know that the street scene in Prague and the Czech Republic presented in the film, are more romantic, more exotic, and yet only a superficial resemblance to reality, too clean and too delicate to be real. This is often the case in films from the US or the UK, which are adapted from foreign literary sources such as Asia, Eastern Europe or the Third World. It occurs to me that Prague features in many Hollywood movies. However, Prague is not Prague in those movies. From the end of the 90’s, Prague has become a hot shooting location for many foreign film companies. On one hand that Prague was not been severely damaged during the World War II thus can be a substitute for other pre-war European cities (For example, the movie “From Hell, 2001”, starring by Johnny Depp, it was turned into London in the 19th century), on the other hand, its distinctive architecture, low labor cost, tax avoidance measures and existing infrastructure for shooting films, all in all attract considerable interest from the international producing companies - two vampire movies, for example, “Van Helsing, 2004” and “Blade II, 2002” coincidentally chose Prague over the true home of the Vampire, Romania. As a result, in globalized Hollywood movies, Prague, city of a hundred spires, is glamorous yet soulless, portraying other cities instead of itself.
As the one of Prague’s best-known landmarks, the Charles Bridge represented Poland in “Yentl, 1983” and symbolized Austria in “Amadeus, 1984”. I still remembered in “Mission Impossible,1996”, Jon Voight fell off the bridge while Tom Cruise ran to rescue but failed to save his life; while the Indian director, Tarsem Singh, who once directed “The Cell, 2000”, arranged the mysterious thief in blue to jump off the bridge in his masterpiece “The Fall, 2006)”. With the background of Baroque statues and the relief of the saint on the bridge, this image revealed considerably a heroic sense that life is short and beyond words.
However, I think that the real Prague should belong to Bohumil Hrabal, Jiri Menzel, Vaclav Havel and their colleagues. The movie, “I Served the King of England, 2006” humorously unfolds a story about a waiter at the very bottom of the social class, small in size but big at heart. “Leaving, 2011” is another good example – it is a long drama movie that portrays the first president of the Czech Republic after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel. The fierce argument between the speaker and questioners is particularly amusing. The two movies both start from the end, and approach that creates a surreal yet poetic, crazy yet legendary feel. Only by its gloomy history, together with the pleasures of all senses, Prague can be turned into a passionate and colorful city, a perfect stage for Czech people to unfold the stories of their own folktales, in their unique sense of humour, with wildness as with boldness.
Social Frameworks of Memory in Prague: in Terms of Various ‘Isms’
The Centre and the Periphery
Eyes of the Jackdaw: Walking into the city of Kafka
Prague Spring Away From the Charles Bridge
Prague: A Flash of Life
In our time ：Tizzy Bac
If Such is the Time
The Best Is Yet To Come
My Revolution – Art Revolution Taipei 2013
Stare / In there
Therefore we quiet down…
What on earth are the cowboys busy about?
Rethinking our Perception of Nature
A Thousand Poses of Glass
Rebellious revolution of “pink tank”
”Hope” is the thing with feathers, and never stops
Settlement of Creative Design Transformation
Exhibition ”Soviet Modernism 1955-1991”--architecture of socialism
Of Snow and Ice Sculpted
White Rabbit Records
my works is humor and hyperbole.
Long Deep Thought
On the Road, a Child Without a Name
We are Golem
when I was a soldier serving in the homeless shelter.
“Red Balloon 86”《紅氣球86》
People∕Speak of Yourself
Yvonne Lu/Little Prince
Tzu Yao Chiu/ Cantabile Years
Wei Ling Chang/ Dream
afra Lin/ ∞
Acid rain/ On That Day, We would Go Travelling Together & Toucan was at
酸雨/ 大嘴鳥在現場 & 那一天，我們將要一起去旅行
Mich/ 09’ in Paris
Yue Zhuan Li/ Graphic Designer/ Taiwan
ruru/ Designer-maker/ Taiwan
IndiGo INK / Office worker / Taiwan
Starry Sky and Time
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