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

The Cremator

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1969, Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia, 95 min.
With Rudolf Hrušínský, Vlasta Chramostová

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 4th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 8th 6:00pm

"Essential viewing... this is an immensely suggestive, disturbing film, as well as a dazzlingly inventive and horribly enjoyable one."—Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

"Herz's masterpiece...ripe for rediscovery."—Brian Hoyle, Senses of Cinema

In his most renowned film, Herz combines calculated stylistic excess with a mordant flair for perverse sex and macabre violence. Comedies don’t come much blacker than this 1930s-set tale of a fastidious crematorium-operator (Hrušínsky) passionately devoted to his calling. When the Nazis march into Prague, he identifies fervently with his new masters, but the discovery that his wife is half-Jewish sends him off the deep end into madness and murder. In Czech with English subtitles. New DCP digital restoration. (MR)

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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