Spalovač mrtvol (1968) The Cremator
Absolute Czech New Wave Classic!
A film version of a psychological horror by Ladislav Fuks. It thoroughly expresses the morbid atmosphere of the peculiar world depicted in its literary original. “The Cremator” is one of Juraj Herz´s major works, in which he effected his sense for the bizarre, perverse and uncanny.
Kopfrkingl enjoys his job at a crematorium in Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s. He likes reading the Tibetan book of the dead, and espouses the view that cremation relieves earthly suffering. At a reception, he meets Reineke, with whom he fought for Austria in the first World War. Reineke convinces Kopfrkingl to emphasize his supposedly German heritage, including sending his timid son to the German school. Reineke then suggests that Kopfrkingl's half-Jewish wife is holding back his advancement in his job.
Original Czech dvd release is new.
Length: 96 min.
Spoken language: Czech
Subtitles: English, Czech
Region: Free, All region, PAL
Cover: Cardboard sleeve, environmental friendly. Please note that the cover picture or type may vary and may not be sealed.
You can view original film poster for The Cremator here.