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759 Ratings

The Cremator

Spalovač mrtvol

Directed by Juraj Herz
Czechoslovakia, 1969
Drama, Horror


This brilliantly chilling film is set in Prague during the Nazi occupation. It tells the story of Karl Kopfrkingl, a professional cremator, for whom the political climate allows free rein to his increasingly deranged impulses for the ‘salvation of the world’.

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The Cremator Directed by Juraj Herz

Awards & Festivals

Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival

1972 | 3 wins including: Best Film (Medalla Sitges en Plata de Ley)

Critics reviews

The Cremator (1969) constitutes what might be the Czech New Wave’s most nihilistic vision… Rarely seen here and still unavailable on video, it’s a darkling essay on Mitteleuropan conscience that makes most other Czechs of the day look like garden parties.
April 10, 2015
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The cremator is a dark, smiling figure who could have come from a fairy tale, and everyone knows that beneath the deceptively innocuous surface of most fairy tales lies a desire to control human nature with fascism.
November 27, 2012
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