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Spalovac mrtvol (1969)

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 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:

Pardubice, Czech Republic

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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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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Soundtracks

New World Symphony Op. 95 - Largo
Composed by Antonín Dvorák
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Brilliant, Contemporary and Cruel.
22 December 2010 | by dhauka-1See all my reviews

"The Cremator" is a once "lost" film from the Prague Spring. An exquisite evisceration of fascism, desire and all things political, the film was hidden in the vaults of FAMU (the Prague Film Academy) as an agricultural film (along with many others) after the Soviet tanks rolled in. "The Cremator" was revealed to the world in pristine condition and with force only a few years ago, and its message is for today. Absurd, frightening and beautiful - the film reminds me not so much of its 1930's, pre-Nazi setting as today's America.

Kafka is never far from "The Cremator" - the central character evokes "The Trial" from the point of view of a willful bureaucrat rather Joseph K., and therein lies its power and clarity: what if we agreed to willful ignorance and xenophobia simply to get ahead and be accepted? Errol Morris's "Mr. Death" is the only Western Film that comes close to examining this issue - "The Cremator" goes deep into the heart of the very human mechanism that made the Holocaust possible - perhaps inevitable, given the forces at play. This is a dark and important film.


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