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Cremator (1969)

Spalovac mrtvol (original title)
Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world.

Director:

Juraj Herz

Writers:

Ladislav Fuks (novel), Ladislav Fuks (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudolf Hrusínský ... Kopfrkingl
Vlasta Chramostová ... Lakmé / Dagmar
Jana Stehnová Jana Stehnová ... Zina
Milos Vognic ... Mili
Zora Bozinová Zora Bozinová ... Reinkeová
Ilja Prachar ... Walter Reinke
Eduard Kohout ... Bettleheim
Jirí Menzel ... Dvorák
Míla Myslíková ... Hloupá zena
Vladimír Mensík ... Manzel hloupé zeny
Jirí Lír ... Strauss
Václav Stekl Václav Stekl ... Hudebník / rozhodcí boxu / majitel panoptika
Helena Anýzová ... Bledá dívka
Jindrich Narenta ... Nacista ve smokingu
Marie Rosulková ... Zena dozadující se rakvicky
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Storyline

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. Written by Will Gilbert

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

14 March 1969 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cremator See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The monologue that Kopfrkingl (Rudolf Hrusínský) delivers toward the end of the film, he is standing of the Right panel of Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights". There is also a montage of other Bosch paintings including; "Carrying of the Cross", "Ascent of the Blessed" & others. See more »

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Interiors, fashion and hairstyle are in some cases obviously from the sixties... See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kopfrkingl: My sweet. This is the blessed spot where we met 17 years ago. Only the leopard is new. Kind nature long ago relieved the other of his shackles. You see, dear, I keep talking of nature's benevolence, of merciful fate, of the kindness of God. We judge and criticize others, rebuke them. But what about ourselves? I always have the feeling that I do so little for you.
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Connections

Referenced in Na plovárne: Na plovárne s Jurajem Herzem (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

New World Symphony Op. 95 - Largo
Composed by Antonín Dvorák
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Surreal and entertaining analysis of man obsessed with death comes from Kafka's country
10 November 2019 | by eminklSee all my reviews

Good manners, cleanliness, and good abstinence is ideal to mask a can psychopathy at first. His surreal and entertaining analysis of man obsessed with death comes from Kafka's country, primarily because he acts as a funeral director and reads the dead's Tibetan book intensely. The emergence of nazism poses itself as the perfect opportunity for him to release his delusions with all that strange things rambling through his head. The most enticing aspect of the picture is the execution of the sequence, the heavy use of deep focus, hand held camera and dutch tilt effectively materializes an unnerving and nightmarish experience reminiscent of the wolf's The Trial of Welles or Bergman's Hour.


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