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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.

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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:

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Filming Locations:

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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With a 90.2% score on the Czech and Slovak Movie Database as well as praise from movie critics, The Cremator is often considered to be one of the best movies ever made in Czechoslovakia. It has also gathered a prominent cult following. 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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irritating and unfunny
4 January 2004 | by littlesiddie1See all my reviews

This movie tries to be a delicious and outrageous black comedy, but fails miserably.

In order to find this movie funny, you would have to be someone who finds the mere mention of funeral cremation to be delightfully wicked and naughty. I suppose such people exist, but I doubt they are in any great number.

The thing that makes this film especially irritating, apart from all the black humor that falls flat, is that Rudolf Hrusínský, the actor who plays the lead Kopfrkingl character, is in one's face, one way or another during every second of the film. He is present either on screen or in voice over narration almost constantly. And he is far from a pleasant or charming person. This movie is a lot like being stuck at some family get together and having to listen to your obnoxious, over weight uncle try to be charming and funny for hours. For me, this movie was a real ordeal.

On the upside, some of the outdoor camera shots were nice. The tableau that the crematorium and its grounds made was pleasantly creepy and other-worldly. But that's all.


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