Thursday, October 29
Lindley Hall 102
Juraj Herz: The Cremator
An “expressionistic” psychological horror according to a novel by Ladislav Fuks. Director Juraj Herz progressively builds tension through wide angle detailed shots and surprising twists. Amazing cinematography, surreal images and a hallucinatory feel. Herz has created a masterpiece that still remains undiscovered to many. The film was also groundbreaking for its time with its sexual content and macabre violence. It echoes The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1919) in its subjective visualizing of the mind of a madman. Set before and after Munich during the time of German occupation of Czechoslovakia, the film was produced a year after the Soviet invasion, inevitably creating parallels between the two situations.
Black and white. In Czech with English subltitles, 100 min.
Introduced by Professor Bronislava Volková