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Spalovač mrtvol

Juraj Herz Çekoslovakya, 1969

Richmond Hill's rating of the film The Cremator

A wonderfully macabre cabinet of horrors, with a playfully cruel surface revealing a steelier, if rather obvious, politico-commentary underneath. A film that unusually bristles with surface materials for me: crematorium marble, wax and steel – almost tactile in its lugubrious, downward swirls and spirals.