Sunday, 25 March 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 89: Thursday Mar 29

The Cremator (Herz, 1969):
The Montpelier, 43 Choumert Road, Peckham, London, SE15 4AR. 8.30pm FREE

Love this trailer for the latest offering from the Days Are Numbers film club. This is part two here: less specific but wonderfully entrancing. As far as the evening's entertainment is concerned here's the Days Are Numbers website film club section and this is their Facebook page.

Chicago Reader review:

'While it's a bit programmatic for my taste, this 1968 black comedy in black and white is undeniably creepy—once director Juraj Herz enters the fractured mind of his protagonist, he refuses to budge. Based on a novel by Ladislav Fuks (who co-wrote the screenplay with Herz) and set in Prague before and during the German occupation, it concerns a smugly bourgeois crematorium operator (Rudolf Hrusinsky) who loses his sanity and drifts into collaboration with the Nazis, ultimately turning on his half-Jewish wife and their children. An outlying figure of the Czech New Wave, Herz demonstrates an undeniable flair for telegraphic, almost subliminal editing and deep-focus mise en scene.' Jonathan Rosenbaum

The screening has been organised by Days Are Numbers, which in their own words is an irreverent, insightful and often incendiary blogsite dedicated to the best in left-of-centre music and films. Co-conspirators Alan and Aneet write about a wide-range of talkies and tunes – from the work of Roger Corman to Italo-disco, throwing in the occasional mix and the odd podcast. Days Are Numbers host their monthly film nights at The Montpelier in Peckham.

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