The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 2003

Director

Stephen Norrington

Cast

visit the film locations

Prague: Prague Airport

Tourism: Prague Tourist Information

Visit: the the Rudolfinum, Alšovo nábrezí 79/12, 110 00 Prague 1

Visit: the Strahov Monastery, Strahovské nádvorí 132/1, 118 00 Prague 1 (tel: 420.233.107.704)


Trivia

The Rudolfinum moves to ‘London’ again in The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian, where it oddly stands in for ‘Strand’ tube station

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen film location: Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen film location: Allan Quartermain is summoned to the ‘London’ club: Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic

Photograph: iStockphoto / thehague

Stephen Norrington’s film of Alan Moore’s graphic novel is too compromised and too slam-bang to do justice to the promising conceit that the events of late Victorian fantasy fiction actually happened. And a major falling out between director and star didn’t help matters.

Apart from water tank scenes which were filmed in Malta, the film was made entirely in the Czech Republic – including even the opening ‘Kenya’ scene, where the ‘Britannia Club’ was built on farmland about an hour from Prague (though the basic set was much enhanced with CGI).

The entrance to the ‘London’ club to which Allan Quartermain (Sean Connery) is summoned, is the Rudolfinum, Alšovo nábrezí 79/12 in Prague. Built in 1885 as a multipurpose cultural building, the Rudolfinum was converted to the House of Commons of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1919, until it was converted back into a concert hall under German occupation. In 1992, the Rudolfinum became the home of the Czech Philharmonic and the Rudolfinum Gallery.

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen film location: Strahov Monastery, Czech Republic

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen film location: M assembles the League: Strahov Monastery, Czech Republic

Photograph: wikimedia / Y Shishido

The elaborately decorated library, where M (Richard Roxburgh) begins to assemble the league, is the Strahov Library in the Strahov Monastery in Strahov, a district of Prague on the west bank of the Vltava. The library of Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend), though, is no more than a studio set, as was the city of ‘Venice’, which was built outdoors at CKD, a former heavy machinery factory in Prague.




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