Karl Kopfrkingl, chillingly portrayed by Rudolf Hrušínský, is a cremator wooed by Nazism in the early days of the German occupation. Production of Juraj Herz’s extraordinary adaptation of Ladislav Fuks’ novel was halted during the 1968 Soviet invasion, further charging its already potent political undertones with an added horror and complementing Stanislav Milota’s virtuoso expressionist cinematography and Zdeněk Liška’s indelible score.
Preceded by Herz’s 1965 debut short film The Junk Shop (31 mins). Shot in the very junk shop where author and co-scenarist Bohumil Hrabal worked for seven years, Herz’s exuberant Pearls of the Deep episode heralded a singular new talent. CaSFFA is proud to screen The Cremator and The Junk Shop in partnership with the Melbourne Cinémathèque. Admission will be via Cinémathèque membership.
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