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The 2019 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival kicked off what will be a string of announcements about the annual Cannes-follow up fest this morning highlighted by the news a restored version of the classic Czech film “The Cremator” will be part of the program.
Juraj Herz’s 1969 drama is a seminal work of the Czech New Wave and drew the ire of the communist government of that era. So much so that it was mostly kept from the general public’s eyes until a re-release in 1990. Adapted from Ladislav Fuks‘s gothic novel, Herz collaborated with cinematographer Stanislav Milota to tell the tale of an ordinary man who becomes a killer after being influenced by Nazi propaganda. Herz died in 2018 while Milota passed away earlier this year. The digital restoration will...
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