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Sep 21, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017

THE CREMATOR - The Power of the Powerless

Five banned Czechoslovak films stand as testaments to the power of dissident art. Organized in collaboration with Film Society of Lincoln Center. 


Thursday, September 21, 9:00pm
Saturday, September 23, 6:00pm

Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
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Director: Juraj Herz, 1968, 95 min, Czechoslovakia

A horror film that explores how political ideology can warp the human mind into an unforgiving machine. This banned film was exposed how ideology can fuel unthinkable acts against humans.

One of the most shocking and unsettling films ever made about the corruption of the soul stars and almost supernaturally creepy Rudolf Hrušínský as Karel Kopfrkingl, the disturbed director of a crematorium ("my temple of death") in the 1930s Prague . When Kopfrking's mania for cremation becomes entwined with Nazi ideas of racial purity, it precipitates a twisted descent into madness and horror. Charged with a shivery, macabre expressionism, The Cremator stands as a nightmarish parable of how political ideology can be twisted to justify the unthinkable. 








The Czech New Wave, one of the most radical and brilliant bursts of creativity in film history, has flourished even within a totalitarian state. It was a bloody end with the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Despite the stifling restrictions, the intrepid generation of Filmmakers continued to challenge Communist censorship by creating an art that was unpopularly provocative, satirical, and deeply critical of authoritarianism. The Soviet government responded the only way it knew how: by banning these works outright so many went unseen in their home country for decades. In anticipation of Václav Havel Day in New York City on September 28 - Czech Republic's National Statehood Day - Join us for a celebration of these subversive, wildly funny, dark and defiant films.

Presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center and BBLA. 

*The name "Power of the Powerless" is inspired by Václav Havel's 1978 essay, "The Power of the Powerless." Havel started an important discussion on the subject of freedom and power in Eastern Europe, questioning how one should challenge and interact with governing bodies in their society.*


Larks on a String 
The Ear
The Firemen's Ball
All My Compatriots





Lincoln Center


From: Sep 21, 2017
To: Sep 23, 2017


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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