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The Cremator


Rudolf Hrušínský, Vlasta Chramostová, Jana Stehnová, Miloš Vogni? View All


Juraj Herz (Screenplay), Juraj Herz (Director), Ladislav Fuks (Screenplay) View All

Release: Mar. 14th, 1969
Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes
In 1930s Prague, a Czech cremator who firmly believes cremation relieves one from earthly suffering is drawn inexorably to Nazism.
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So long as Mr Koprfkingl keeps to his daily routine hes quite harmless, then later, when he starts to adhere to the ideologies of Nazi movement that he easily reconciles with Buddhist philosophy, hes immediately becoming aggressive killing his wife, children in order to save their souls.
There are close ups and quick edits that give off a sort of claustrophobic feel as the main character slowly gets drawn into sympathizing with the Nazis who are invading the Czech border.