Vrijpaleis cinema: The Cremator

Thursday, 7 November

Vrijpaleis cinema: The Cremator

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THE CREMATOR   1968 (Spalovač mrtvol)  Directed by Juraj Herz 95 minutes In Czech language with English subtitles
Hailing from the more surrealist branch of the Czech New Wave cinema, this infamous masterpiece - The Cremator (Spalovac mrtvol) is almost unanimously considered to be the most popular cult film to ever come out of Czechoslovakia.
The Cremator has become a legend with its unusual style of poetic black humor and dark tragedy. Set in Prague during the Nazi occupation, the film centers on a professional cremator whose delusions grow more deranged as the war escalates. Herz combines a luminous cinematography with mesmerizing acting performances and a sinister world embedded deep in the Czech surrealist tradition. Despite this surrealist bent, the film is actually based in politics, much in the same way as Haneke's White Ribbon, in showing the everyday roots of fascism.
Deranged, haunting, otherworldly... what a great, magical film, that has been neglected in the West for so many years! Echoes of Polanski's Repulsion are hard to resist, as well as comparisons with early David Lynch, who you might imagine having been influenced by it.

This will be a high-definition screening.

Date & Time: 

Thursday, 7 November, 2019 - 20:30


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3 euro
Paleisstraat 107


Former squat, now legalised

Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.


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opening times: 

mostly Sunday to Thursday at about 7 different underground locations.