The Cremator: Kopfrkingl enjoys his job at a crematorium in Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s. He likes reading the Tibetan book of the dead, and espouses the view that cremation relieves earthly suffering. At a reception, he meets Reineke, with whom he fought for Austria in the first World War. Reineke convinces Kopfrkingl to emphasize his supposedly German heritage, including sending his timid son to the German school. Reineke then suggests that Kopfrkingl’s half-Jewish wife is holding back his advancement in his job.
Released: March 14, 1969
Runtime: 95 mins
Actors: Carmen Mayerová Dimitri Rafalsky Eduard Kohout Frantisek Kubicek Ilja Prachar Jan Kraus Jan Rericha Jana Sulcová Jindrich Narenta Jirí Hálek Jirí Lír Jirí Menzel Libuse Pesková Míla Myslíková Marie Rosulková Natasa Gollová Oldrich Vízner Rudolf Hrusínský Václav Halama Václav Kotva Václav Stekl Vera Vlcková Vladimír Mensík Vlasta Chramostová Zora Bozinová