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Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world.

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Kopfrkingl
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Lakmé / Dagmar
Jana Stehnová ...
Zina
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Mili
Zora Bozinová ...
Reinkeová
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Walter Reinke
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Bettleheim
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Dvorák
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Hloupá zena
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Manzel hloupé zeny
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Strauss
Václav Stekl ...
Hudebník / rozhodcí boxu / majitel panoptika
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Bledá dívka
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Nacista ve smokingu
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Zena dozadující se rakvicky
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Madam v masérském salonu
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Rámar Holý
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Ruzolící dívka
Jan Rericha ...
Mládenec ruzolící dívky
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Kája
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Lisková
Libuse Pesková ...
Podzimková
Václav Kotva ...
Josífek Zajíc
Dimitri Rafalsky ...
Fenek (as Dimitri Rafalský)
Jan Vlcek ...
Vrána
Václav Halama ...
Pelikán
Frantisek Kubicek ...
Beran
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Lehká holka
Ruzena Vlcková ...
Anezka
Eva Ulincová
Iltis Rudolf ...
(as Dr. Rudolf Iltis)
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Vojtík Prachar
Alfred Ruzicka ...
(as Dr. Alfred Ruzicka)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karel Fiala
Zuzana Rumlová
Jirina Bílá ...
Pracharová (uncredited)
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Fenek (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Juraj Herz

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Ladislav Fuks ... (novel)
 
Ladislav Fuks ... (screenplay)
 
Juraj Herz ... (screenplay)

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Zdenek Liska

Cinematography by

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Stanislav Milota

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Jaromír Janácek

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Zbynek Hloch

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Frantisek Straka

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Olga Dimitrovová

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Frantisek Cizek ... makeup artist

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Ladislav Hanus ... production manager
Radomir Hubácek ... unit manager
Jaromír Lukás ... unit manager

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Vladimír Blazek ... assistant director
Kveta Lehovcová ... assistant director

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Josef Kraus ... assistant production designer

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Frantisek Cerný ... sound

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Bohumil Rath ... second camera operator
Karel Jesátko ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Miroslava Smidova ... costumer (as Miroslava Smídová)

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Frantisek Belfín ... conductor

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Vladimír Bor ... production team
Vera Kalábová ... script editor
Jirí Sebor ... production team
Vera Vlácilová ... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • The Cremator (United States)
  • Cremator (World-wide, English title)
  • L'incinérateur de cadavres (France)
  • El incinerador de cadáveres (Spain)
  • El incinerador de cadáveres (Argentina)
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  • 95 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Juraj Herz (2009). See more »
Soundtracks New World Symphony Op. 95 - Largo See more »
Quotes Kopfrkingl: My dear children... do not fear cremation.
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