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Cremator

 

 

Original title:
Spalovač mrtvol
Slovenian title:
Upepeljevalec
Section:
RETRO: CZECH NEW WAVE

Country, year:
Czechoslovakia, 1969
Length:
95

Directed by:
Juraj Herz

Screenplay:
Ladislav Fuks, Juraj Herz
Cinematography:
Stanislav Milota
Music:
Zdenek Liška
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
Czech
Voting code:
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Cast:
Rudolf Hrušínský (Karel Kopfrkingl), Vlasta Chramostová (Lakmé), Jana Stehnová (Zina), Miloš Vognič (Mili), Zora Božinová (Erna Reinkeová), Ilja Prachař (Walter Reinke), Eduard Kohout (Bettleheim), Jiří Menzel (Dvořák), Jiří Lír (Strauss)
Awards:
Sitges 1972 (Best Film, Best Actor,Best Cinematography), Zagreb 2016


DateHourLocation 
Sat, 10.11.2018 21:00 Slovenian Cinematheque
Wed, 14.11.2018 20:30 Slovenian Cinematheque

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Description:
Inspired by a novel by Ladislav Fuks, this iconic horror comedy is considered one of the best Czech films ever made
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Karl Kopfrkingl works in a crematorium and is obsessed with Tibetan philosophy and body cremation. His story takes place in Prague in the 1930s, during the radicalisation of the political situation in Europe. Karl believes that his job helps free the souls of the dead. Using every opportunity to find more and more work, he joyfully collaborates with Nazis. When told to apply his professional skills in a 'secret project' of the new regime, Karl is ecstatic because he has an unexpected chance to incinerate thousands of human bodies.

"I heard about a book with an interesting title, Spalovač mrtvol, written by Ladislav Fuks. So I read it and I was actually disappointed. But I arranged a meeting with Fuks anyway, and we worked on the script for about two years. During shooting, it became clear that this was a unique chance which wouldn't come again. It was in 1968, and I had absolute liberty in my work. I could film whatever I wanted to. In Spalovač mrtvol, I was fascinated by the humour. I went to various screenings of the film in many different countries, from the Netherlands to Naples, and I was keen to see how the reactions of the audience were completely different in every country." (Juraj Herz)
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