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11 Nov 2011 20:35

The Cremator + Q&A with director Juraj Herz

Karl Kopfrkingl works at a crematorium in Prague. Obsessed with his duties, he quotes from The Tibetan Book of the Dead and believes that he is liberating the souls of the departed. The Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia allows him to indulge his increasingly deranged ideas for the ‘salvation of the world.’ Combining elements of black comedy, horror, German expressionism and surrealism, The Cremator, based on Ladislav Fuks’s novel, is a terrifying and terrific film full of dark humour recalling Repulsion and Dr Strangelove.

Part of the Made in Prague 2011, Film & Literature Festival.

Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia, 1968, 95’
Cast: Rudolf Hrušínský, Vlasta Chramostová, Jana Stehnová

+ Q&A with director Juraj Herz


Ladislav Fuks (1923 – 1994) wrote psychological novels mainly portraying despair and suffering during WWII. Mr Theodore Mundstock (1963), Variations for a Dark String (1966), The Cremator (1967).

BOX OFFICE: 020 8237 1111


ADMISSION: one film £8.50 (£7.50 concs.)
two films £12 (£10 concs.)
Excluding Sunday 1.30 PM screenings


Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9RL


11 Nov 2011 20:35


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