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The Dark & Strange Films of Juraj Herz at the Metrograph

Juraj Herz
(1934 - 2018) was a challenging and controversial director, actor, and Holocaust survivor. Part of the Czechoslovakian New Wave of the 1960s, with his 1969 black comedy The Cremator, earning him the ire of of the Communist regime. Now the Metrograph theater (7 Ludlow Street, NY, NY) pays tribute to the director’s life and work with the film series Juraj Herz: In & Out of the Czechoslovakian New Wave. Running August 2 to August 9, the film series is comprised of new restorations and newly translated subtitles for his films.

Films include Beauty and the Beast (1978), The Cremator (1969), Morgiana (1972) and Ferat Vampire (1982). His interpretation of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, is filled with an air of bizarre menace unlike any other on film, in a twisted tale of captivity. His early 1966 film, Sign of Cancer, is a murder mystery set inside a dysfunctional and corrupt hospital that was critical of how The Party filled public offices with dangerous and incompetent men.

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Juraj Herz: In & Out of the Czechoslovakian New Wave
August 2 - 9, 2019

7 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002

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