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The Cremator

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Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Starring: Rudolf Hrusínský, Míla Myslíková, Vladimír Mensík, Jirí Lír,
Director: Juraj Herz
Plot Synopsis:

This terrifying, darkly comic vision of the horrors of totalitarian ideologies, from Czechoslovak New Wave iconoclast JURAJ HERZ (Morgiana), stars a supremely chilling RUDOLF HRUŠÍNSKÝ (Capricious Summer) as the pathologically morbid Karel Kopfrkingl, a crematorium director in 1930s Prague who believes fervently that death offers the only true relief from human suffering. When he is recruited by the Nazis, Kopfrkingl’s increasingly deranged worldview drives him to formulate his own shocking final solution. Blending the blackest of gallows humor with disorienting expressionistic flourishes—queasy point-of-view shots, distorting lenses, jarring quick cuts—the controversial, long-banned masterpiece The Crematoris one of cinema’s most trenchant and disturbing portraits of the banality of evil.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: April 21st, 2020
    Movie Release Year: 1969
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion Collection
  • Technical Specs
    Length:100 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.66:1
    Audio Formats:Czech: PCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:
    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • High-definition digital transfer of The Junk Shop,director Juraj Herz’s 1965 debut short film
    • Short documentary from 2011 featuring Herz visiting filming locations and recalling the production of The Cremator
    • New interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova about the style of the film
    • Documentary from 2017 about composer Zden?k Liška featuring Herz, filmmakers Jan Švankmajer and the Quay Brothers, and others
    • Interview with actor Rudolf Hrušínský from 1993
    • Trailer
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: An essay by scholar Jonathan Owen