The Cremator (Spalovac mrtvol)
Director: Juraj Herz
Section: Restored Classics
Country: Czechoslovakia | Year: 1969
Language(s): Czech | Time: 97 mins
Prague at the end of the 1930s. Mr. Kopfrkingl, happily married with two children, works in a crematorium. His friend, the fascist Walter Reinke, publicly rejoices at the annexation of Austria to the Greater German Reich and tries to persuade Kopfrkingl that he, too, has German blood in his veins. This Nazi propaganda begins to have sinister effects on a man whose psychological state is affected by the constant presence of death in his life.
Juraj Herz (1934–2018) was a film director, actor, and scene designer, associated with the Czechoslovak New Wave movement of the 1960s. He is best known for the horror/black comedy The Cremator (1969), often cited as one of the best Czechoslovak films of all time. The film was selected as the Czechoslovak entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 42nd Academy Awards.