If you are like a lot of Praguers, you’ve seen your TV and movie watching skyrocket over the last month. For the language learner, watching Czech movies on Netflix with dubbed and subbed content is a valuable tool. Dubbing is the process of using local language voice actors to speak over the original audio, and subbing is the addition of subtitles to a film or show in another language. The Czech Republic is well known for its excellent quality dubbing and a wide selection of films and shows have dubbing online.
As Netflix focuses on aggressive global expansion, they’ve added an impressive selection of original content with Czech subtitles, as well as dubbing of international programming.
Both Czech-made films, and Netflix originals are available with translations into multiple languages. Show and translation selection changes based on the users’ locations. For those sheltering in place in the Czech Republic, Netflix originals have a high translation rate into local languages of Czech, Polish, German, and Slovak. Viewers can pick dubbing in one language, and subtitles in another- perfect for practicing listening skills one day and reading skills at another time.
Thanks to streaming technology, stay connected with friends by hosting a watch party from the safety and comfort of everyone’s home. Facebook and Netflix have both rolled out watch party technology to be used on their platforms.
Top Czech Movies on Netflix
Cinema is an important vessel for representation of culture and language. It can give you insight into pivotal historical moments and introduce you to slang and language patterns that exist outside of textbook and classroom settings. We’ve compiled our favorite Czech movies to watch:
Kolya is a heart-warming 1996 film about an older Czech man whose life is turned upside down with the introduction of Kolya, a five year old Russian boy. On the international stage, it won an Academy Award and Global Globe for best foreign language film, and locally was awarded six Czech Lions.
Pelíšky (1999) is a traditional Christmas film for many Czech families. This comedy follows a hysterical teenaged boy as he navigates the challenges of growing up in 1960s Prague: romance, generational strife, and political unrest. Its classic soundtrack and hilarious one-liners make it an oft-quoted film.
Milada is a historical drama based on the inspirational life of Dr. Milada Horáková, a 20th century political activist. The Czech director, David Mrnka, was born in Hradec Králové and is among the first directors to work with Netflix on a film. Milada debuted in 2017 and was nominated for ten Czech Lions and won two: Best Costumes and Best Make-up.