8.1/10
4,152
15 user 59 critic

The Cremator (1969)

Spalovac mrtvol (original title)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
3 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Ear (1990)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry. A harrowing night follows (reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid Of ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Kachyna
Stars: Jirina Bohdalová, Radoslav Brzobohatý, Gustav Opocenský
Witchhammer (1970)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition).

Director: Otakar Vávra
Stars: Vladimír Smeral, Elo Romancik, Josef Kemr
Morgiana (1972)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Klara and Viktoria are sisters. Their father dies, leaving most of his property to Klara. When Klara becomes involved with a man that her sister loves, Viktoria begins to plot her murder.

Director: Juraj Herz
Stars: Iva Janzurová, Josef Abrhám, Nina Divísková
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Ondrej, a young boy who loves bees and bats, is introduced to his new mother, a woman much younger than his father. He brings her a basketful of flowers which she starts to throw in the air... See full summary »

Director: Frantisek Vlácil
Stars: Petr Cepek, Jan Kacer, Vera Galatíková
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A minor Czech clan falls afoul of the King in medieval times, against the backdrop of Christianity replacing Paganism.

Director: Frantisek Vlácil
Stars: Josef Kemr, Magda Vásáryová, Nada Hejna
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform.

Director: Jirí Menzel
Stars: Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodský
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Oldrich "Fajolo" Fajták (Marián Bielik), a student who directs quasi-existentialist verbal abuse at his girlfriend Bela Blazejová (Jana Beláková), takes off to a formally volunteer summer work camp at a farm where he meets her grandfather.

Director: Stefan Uher
Stars: Marián Bielik, Jana Beláková, Olga Salagová
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A priest is sent to a small parish in the Polish countryside which is believed to be under demonic possession and there he finds his own temptations awaiting.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczyslaw Voit, Anna Ciepielewska
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In this gothic rendition of the classic fairy tale, a merchant's youngest daughter is held prisoner by a mysterious winged beast.

Director: Juraj Herz
Stars: Zdena Studenková, Vlastimil Harapes, Václav Voska
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A small group of adult bourgeois friends are on a day outing in the country, that outing which includes having a picnic. While they are going for a walk after the picnic, they encounter a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Nemec
Stars: Ivan Vyskocil, Jan Klusák, Jiri Nemec
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.

Director: Jaromil Jires
Stars: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. Ultimately, they are hunted down by a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Nemec
Stars: Ladislav Jánsky, Antonín Kumbera, Ilse Bischofova
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudolf Hrusínský ...
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
...
Manzel hloupé zeny
Jirí Lír ...
Strauss
Václav Stekl ...
Hudebník / rozhodcí boxu / majitel panoptika
...
Bledá dívka
Jindrich Narenta ...
Nacista ve smokingu
Marie Rosulková ...
Zena dozadující se rakvicky
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 March 1969 (Czechoslovakia)  »

Also Known As:

The Cremator  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Czechoslovakia's official submission to 42nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 1970. See more »

Goofs

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cierna minúta (1970) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
one of the world's great films
3 September 2007 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This film is hypnotic. The soothing voice of the lead character, coming out of his cherubic always sweetly smiling face, almost lulls the viewer into a serene calm--if not for the fact that we know in our guts that this is the calm a cobra induces in its prey before the kill. This is, after all, Czechoslovakia on the eve of being taken over by Hitler, and the main character runs a crematorium. We know what is coming next. And yet, we cannot take our eyes from the screen; we are filled with foreboding.

Like the best of Fellini, the director, Juraj Herz, frames virtually every scene perfectly; a collection of stills taken from this black-and-white masterpiece could fill a photographic art gallery with a distinguished collection indeed.

How could the holocaust ever have happened in the middle of the most "civilized" culture in the world, the cradle of elegant music? How could rational "civilized" human beings have abetted this monstrosity? This film provides a fable that can help us answer these most important questions. But do not think this movie is some boring treatise on the banal roots of evil. It is a very entertaining horror film that will keep you spellbound.


35 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This in NOT comedy!!!! Pekosek
Comedy? littlebeatle69
a girl sierra08
DOES ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE AMAZING SOUNDTRACK ? valleus
Correct Subtitle Translation question ObiHobbes
Wrongly listed as a comedy janemddunn
Discuss The Cremator (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?