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Film Series : Sinister, Singular, and Subversive: The Cinema of Juraj Herz

Sign of Cancer

Znamení raka

1966, Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia, 87 min.
With Zora Božinová, Ilja Prachař

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 18th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 20th 6:00pm

SIGN OF CANCER is one of the first films touching on the horror tradition to be produced during Czechoslovakia’s Communist period as well as an early manifestation of the attraction to macabre subject matter that would persist throughout Herz’s career. A warped detective story that begins with a murder in a hospital, the investigation of which reveals rampant incompetence, alcoholism, graft, and highly unprofessional goings-on between staff and patients, the film’s implicitly critical depiction of a public service sector overloaded with underqualified Party stooges would land Herz in trouble with censors for what was not to be the last time. In Czech with English subtitles. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of Metrograph/Nick Pinkerton)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Herz film on any Saturday in January, and get a ticket for the second Herz film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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