A Programme of National Museum Cinematheque

Co-presented by The National Museum of Singapore and The Singapore Film Society

World Cinema Series is a monthly screening of works by the boldest and most inventive auteurs in the History of cinema.
From the early silent era to underground films, and new wave film movements around the world, this is a showcase of some of the greatest movie mavericks and artists.

World cinema Series is shown every second Tuesday of the month at The National Museum of Singapore.

The Cremator / Spalovač Mrtvol
Dir: Juraj Herz
1968/Czechoslovakia/95min/35mm/Rating TBC
In Czech with English subtitles
Tuesday 12 February 08, 7.30pm
Gallery Theatre, Basement
S$8 / S$6.40 concession

“One of the most memorable films of the Czech New wave” – Sight and Sound

Made during a brief period of political and artistic liberalisation in 1968 known as the Prague Spring, The Cremator has been described in many ways as surrealist-inspired horror, as expressionist fantasy and as a dark and disturbing tale of terror.

This Brilliiant black comedy, set in Prague during the Nazi occupation, tells the story of Karl Kopfrkingl, an increasingly deranged cremator for whom the period offers great possibilities for acting out his psychotic impulses as a contribution towards the ‘salvation of the world’. Based on the novel of the same name by Ladislav Fuks, the film centers around a chilling lead performance by acclaimed Czech actor Rudolf Hrusinsky as the demonic, death-obsessed cremator.

Lost of audiences for many years before being recently championed by the Brothers Quay, The Cremator is a brilliantly original and spellbinding examination of the state political horror in 1930s Europe.

A Flower in Hell / Jiok Hwa
Dir: Shin Sang-Ok
1958/Korea.87min/35mm/Rating TBC
In Korean with English subtitles
Tuesday 11 March 08, 7.30pm
Gallery Theatre, Basement
S$8 / S$6.40 concession

Directed by one of the legendary figures of Korean cinema Shin Sang-ok, is the powerful and gripping post-war classic A Flower in Hell. Reportedly the first Korean film to show an on-screen kiss, A Flower in Hell is a gritty document of the lives of black marketers and prostitutes set around an American military base in 1950s Seoul.

The film tells the story of the young and naďve Dong-shik who travels from countryside to the city to look for his elder brother Young-shik. Dong-shik finds his brother earning his living as a petty criminal and living together with his girlfriend, a prostitute called Sonya, played by acclaimed actress Choi Eun-hee. When Sonya fall for Younger Dong-shik, she proves to be the undoing of Young-shik’s biggest and most dangerous heist.

A Flower in Hell’s mix of documentary footage and the use of real locations offer a visceral look at the devastation and moral downfall of postwar Korea. The film was screened at the 2001 Pusan International Film Festival where it was received with great critical acclaim, and is one of Shin Sang-ok’s best films.

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