Czechoslovak New Wave iconoclast Juraj Herzâs terrifying, darkly comic vision of the horrors of totalitarian ideologies stars a supremely chilling Rudolf HruÅ¡ÃnskÃ½ 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, Kopfrkinglâs increasingly deranged worldview drives him to formulate his own shocking final solution. Blending the blackest of gallows humor with disorienting expressionistic flourishesâqueasy point-of-view shots, distorting lenses, jarring quick cutsâthe controversial, long-banned masterpiece The Cremator
is one of cinemaâs most trenchant and disturbing portraits of the banality of evil.
- High-definition digital transfer of The Junk Shop, director Juraj Herzâs 1965 debut short film
- Short documentary from 2011 featuring Juraz 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 ZdenÄk LiÅ¡ka featuring Herz, filmmakers Jan Å vankmajer and the Quay Brothers, and others
- Interview with actor Rudolf HrusÃnsky from 1993
- An essay by scholar Jonathan Owen