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The Cremator

Spine #1023



Release:
Apr 21, 2020
$39.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.66:1 Widescreen
  • Czech PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

The Cremator

Other Versions:

Original release


Directed By: Juraj Herz
Licensor: Janus Films




Czechoslovak New Wave iconoclast Juraj Herz’s terrifying, darkly comic vision of the horrors of totalitarian ideologies stars a supremely chilling Rudolf Hrušínský as the pathologically morbid Karel Kopfrkingl, a crematorium director in 1930s Prague who believes fervently that death offers the only true relief from human suffering. When he is recruited by the Nazis, Kopfrkingl’s increasingly deranged worldview drives him to formulate his own shocking final solution. Blending the blackest of gallows humor with disorienting expressionistic flourishes—queasy point-of-view shots, distorting lenses, jarring quick cuts—the controversial, long-banned masterpiece The Cremator is one of cinema’s most trenchant and disturbing portraits of the banality of evil.

Supplements
  • High-definition digital transfer of The Junk Shop, director Juraj Herz’s 1965 debut short film
  • Short documentary from 2011 featuring Juraz Herz visiting filming locations and recalling the production of The Cremator
  • New interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova about the style of the film
  • Documentary from 2017 about composer Zdeněk LiÅ¡ka featuring Herz, filmmakers Jan Å vankmajer and the Quay Brothers, and others
  • Interview with actor Rudolf Hrusínsky from 1993
  • Trailer
  • An essay by scholar Jonathan Owen

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