Monday, January 21, 2013

The Cremator (1968)

Karl Kopfrkingl works at a crematorium in Prague. Obsessed with his duties, he quotes from The Tibetan Book of the Dead and believes that he is liberating the souls of the departed. The Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia allows him to indulge his increasingly deranged ideas for the ‘salvation of the world.’

Directed by Juraj Herz, the Cremator is a seriously disturbing film and a deeply probing study of the fascist mindset.