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Oct 20, 2015 7:00 PM

Film Club: The Cremator

The Cremator (Spalovač mrtvol), Director: Juraj Herz, 1969, 95 min.


Jiří Trnka’s masterpiece, The Hand followed by Juraj Herz’s black and white quintessential grotesque psychological horror.

The Hand (1965):A short animated film about a happy little potter is approached by a huge hand which wants him to sculpt its statue. The potter refuses, wanting nothing more than to be left alone with his only friend, a potted plant. As the hand's request gives way to bribery, demands, and threats, the potter becomes more desperate to escape its clutch, leading to tragedy.

The Cremator:
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.
Director: Juraj Herz, 1969, 95 min.



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Oct 20, 2015 7:00 PM


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