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The Cremator (1969)
"Spalovac mrtvol" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudolf Hrusínský ...
Kopfrkingl
Vlasta Chramostová ...
Lakmé / Dagmar
Jana Stehnová ...
Zina
Milos Vognic ...
Mili
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 ...
Hudebník / rozhodcí boxu / majitel panoptika
Helena Anýzová ...
Bledá dívka
Jindrich Narenta ...
Nacista ve smokingu
Marie Rosulková ...
Zena dozadující se rakvicky
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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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Czechoslovakia's official submission to 42nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 1970. See more »

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[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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Masterpiece
3 May 2005 | by (Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

This film is everything else but the comedy! It shouldn't be funny in any case! It builds up an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear in an excellent way. The Rudolf Hrusinsky's lead character is superb. He is a kind of psychopathic personality blindly struggling for the maintaining order and meeting of commands regardless any consequences. In the context of Nazism it leads to destruction of his own family - his wife is a Jew. Not surprising that Kopfrkingl is on stage during every second of the film. The film is about his thoughts, reveals his mind processes, observes his perverted logic. A knowledge of the II World War history as well as Ladislav Fuks's (writer) genial artwork is helpful to understand this masterpiece.


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