Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
February 23, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

This year alone, the Czech capital has hosted shoots for the Hughes brothers’ From Hell (top), the Matt Damon-starrer The Bourne Identity, and the epic A Knight’s Tale (above); Blade 2 is gearing up to begin filming there in March. Why Here? It has the charm of other European cities, snazzy soundstages (originally built by the Nazis for making propaganda films), and, says one producer, because of the depressed economy ”what costs us $250,000 a day to film in Paris costs us $100,000 in Prague.” Reality Check If you can get past the cabbage-topped pepperoni pizza, says Damon, ”it feels just like working in L.A.”

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