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The Cremator

'The Cremator' (1969)

Directed by Juraj Herz

Wow, that's a disturbing film. Bizarre Czech new wave from 1969. A cremator sets out to save the world by 'sending people to a life they will enjoy more. It's listed as a comedy in some places. It's not a comedy.

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. It's a critique of the Euro-political landscape during World War II, with themes of extermination, murder and Jewish persecution. There are horror elements and it must surely have been a huge influence on the cinema of Michael Haneke, especially 'The White Ribbon'.