- 1. My sweet.
- 2. This is the blessed spot
where we first met 17 years ago.
- 3. Nothing has changed,
except for the leopard.
- 4. The one we saw then...
- 5. has been freed by merciful nature.
- 6. I always talk of merciful nature,
gentle fate, God's compassion...
- 7. We judge others...
- 8. reproach them for this and that...
- 9. but what of ourselves?
- 10. I haven't done enough for you.
- 11. We're not badly off, Roman.
- 12. Thanks to your dowry...
- 13. and the help of your blessed mother.
- 14. And the assistance of your aunt.
- 15. I may have furnished the flat...
- 16. but that's about all.
- 17. No, my dear, I must do more for you.
- 18. Zina is sixteen, Mila is fourteen.
- 19. Come now, children...
cages are for animals.
- 20. I think I could increase my income.
- 21. I'll take on a representative.
I'm thinking of Mr. Strauss.
- 22. He's a decent, honest man.
- 23. We'll invite him to a reception
with some of our friends.
- 24. We're a decent, perfect family...
- 25. and I'm worried that I don't
do enough for you.
- 26. From the novel by
- 27. Director
- 28. You're not to serve alcohol,
- 29. Of course, if someone's
willing to pay...
- 30. you can serve them weak coffee.
- 31. I haven't had any cake.
- 32. And smokers will have to do without.
- 33. When you die there is no smoking
or drinking for all eternity.
- 34. Please sit with this charming lady.
- 35. I still haven't had any cake.
- 36. Mr. Strauss, you call on many
confectioners, that's sweet work.
- 37. But apart from offering your firm's
products to these nice people...
- 38. how about offering
- 39. Something concerning
these nice people personally.
- 40. As well as your confectionery...
- 41. offer them a pamphlet
and application form.
- 42. JOIN US!
- 43. Five crowns commission
for every applicant.
- 44. Excuse me, Mr. Strauss,
here is an old friend of mine...
- 45. the engineer Reinke and his wife.
- 46. We fought together
in the Austrian army.
- 47. I haven't seen you for years.
You must call on us soon.
- 48. The ladies haven't met,
we must introduce them later.
- 49. Where are you taking me?
- 50. We were going to a concert,
- 51. There's music here.
- 52. I meant the Philharmonic.
There's only four players here.
- 53. Maybe the others will come later.
- 54. I'm sure you're fond of music,
- 55. Sensitive people love music -
- 56. How unfortunate are those who die
unaware of such beauty.
- 57. Are you perhaps related
to Johann or Richard Strauss?
- 58. The composer of "Rosenkavalier".
- 59. Unfortunately not, Mr. Kopfrkingl,
but I'm fond of Strauss' music.
- 60. About these applications,
- 61. some people suffer, you know -
so do animals.
- 62. I have here a wonderful book
- 63. This is Potala, the palace
of the Dalai Lama.
- 64. Lhasa... it is wonderful,
like the Bible.
- 65. God did well when He said to man...
- 66. "... Dust thou art, and unto dust
shalt thou return".
- 67. Such a crematorium, dear friends...
- 68. is good and pleasing to God.
- 69. It helps the Lord to speed
man's transformation to dust.
- 70. Some may object
on a point of detail...
- 71. because Christ was buried,
- 72. Dear friends, that was another matter.
- 73. I always answer that objection with
the truth that Christ was embalmed...
- 74. and wrapped in linen.
- 75. No one will embalm you,
wrap you in linen...
- 76. and bury you in a cave.
- 77. You see, my dear friends...
- 78. we live in a good, humanitarian
state, which provides crematoria...
- 79. not idly, for people to visit
- 80. but to give people a chance...
- 81. to turn quietly into dust
after the tribulations of life.
- 82. As this beautiful book
on Tibet says...
- 83. "We must do away
with the evil of suffering...
- 84. or alleviate it, at least.
- 85. The sooner man returns to dust...
- 86. the sooner he is set free,
- 87. reincarnated".
- 88. Animals, too. In the ground
it takes 20 years.
- 89. In the crematorium, 75 minutes.
- 90. Now, dear friends...
- 91. enjoy yourselves.
- 92. Lose yourselves in this lovely
music, dance, have fun...
- 93. let no one feel left out of things.
- 94. What a charming man.
- 95. How he has suffered. He lost his job
as a porter, a liver condition...
- 96. or was it his kidneys?
- 97. Something to do with urine, anyway.
- 98. He lost his wife. His son died
of scarlet fever.
- 99. I could increase his commission,
under some pretext of success.
- 100. He's a Jew - a good businessman.
- 101. Do you think so, dear?
Strauss isn't a Jewish name.
- 102. Names mean nothing. You call
me Lakmé, instead of Maria.
- 103. And I must call you Roman,
instead of Karl.
- 104. Because I'm a romantic
and I love beauty.
- 105. That's the one.
- 106. And that noble face, there.
- 107. I'm framing this for the
- 108. Emelian Chamorro,
President of Nicaragua.
- 109. It's Louis Marin,
- 110. Poincaré's Minister of Pensions.
- 111. But it says here...
- 112. - Never mind that, Mr...
- 113. Never mind, Mr. Holy, stick a bit
of paper over what it says.
- 114. Here's another thing.
- 115. The law on cremation
of 7th December, 1921.
- 116. Could you frame it,
with a nice border?
- 117. I wanted something gayer.
- 118. New pictures for you, my angel.
- 119. I bought them out of my
first increase in income.
- 120. Our house will be
even more beautiful.
- 121. Is Zina practising?
Such a gifted child.
- 122. - Where's Mili?
- He's with Jan...
- 123. Dr. Bettelheim's nephew.
- 124. Good, he's not roaming about.
- 125. Jan's a good boy - doesn't wander
farther than the bridge.
- 126. - Who is it?
- The President of Nicaragua.
- 127. We'll put him...
- 128. I think, dear, we could
hang him over there.
- 129. - Where shall we hang this?
- The bathroom.
- 130. You know, my angel...
- 131. I think the bathroom
is our most attractive room.
- 132. Perhaps flowers would look
- 133. Or a hunting scene... the chase...
- 134. Little pet.
- 135. Don't let the poor thing suffer.
- 136. What about milk?
- 137. Give it to the pet, then.
It's yesterday's milk, anyway.
- 138. Statistics show that Prague's
married men live longer.
- 139. We're lucky, Walter.
We must thank the ladies.
- 140. But for them, we'd die sooner.
- 141. Yes, Walter, when I remember
us soldiers in the World War...
- 142. how we fought and died.
- 143. When I think what the horses
suffered... it's unbelievable.
- 144. The world should have peace
- 145. and happiness.
- 146. Right, but such things
have to be fought for.
- 147. Look at Austria, part of the Reich
now. Hitler's a political genius.
- 148. He freed the nation from poverty...
- 149. unemployment and misery.
- 150. Haven't you seen
our party's pamphlets?
- 151. That's Louis Marin, former
Minister of Pensions.
- 152. I bought it from Mr. Holy.
Mr. Holy is a widower.
- 153. Right, but our nation suffered
a great injustice after the war...
- 154. and anyone with German blood
should fight to put things right.
- 155. JOIN US IN THE S.P.D.
- 156. Have some almonds.
- 157. Perhaps you have your own opinion
on past injustices.
- 158. Such tragedies...
- 159. Mr. Strauss was pensioned off...
- 160. then his wife and child
died of tuberculosis.
- 161. Our children go to Czech schools...
- 162. we speak Czech at home, like now.
- 163. I have only Czech books.
Even my book on Tibet is in Czech.
- 164. Our blood is Czech.
- 165. You'll find at least a drop
of German blood in your veins.
- 166. Perhaps... a drop, perhaps...
- 167. A sensitive man is aware
of that drop, even.
- 168. I'm meeting Görmann tonight. He's
going to Berlin to see the Minister.
- 169. The Republic is an obstacle
in our path, but that's a long story.
- 170. I wanted to tell you about
the girl born with two heads...
- 171. four arms and four legs,
- 172. A life twice blessed.
- 173. - Where have you been?
- Looking at the car, with Jan.
- 174. You missed an interesting
- 175. Mr. Reinke is an engineer -
he had to study hard.
- 176. Now he's meeting a Mr. Görmann,
and your German is weak.
- 177. I know we all speak Czech,
but you should know some German.
- 178. Germany's a great nation, after all.
- 179. Mr. Strauss.
- 180. You see how the poor man
is getting on, Lakmé?
- 181. Welcome, Mr. Dvorak. Don't be
frightened - I'll initiate you gently.
- 182. This is our porter, Mr. Vrana.
- 183. His health is failing - it's his liver.
- 184. You know, for 15 years I've been
entering this temple of death...
- 185. yet I still have the same
solemn feeling every time.
- 186. It's a bit like my marriage.
- 187. I have been married
to Lakmé for 17 years...
- 188. and it is still as wonderful as
when we met at the leopard's cage.
- 189. Come, Mr. Dvorak, don't be afraid.
- 190. You have chosen a beautiful,
- 191. and a responsible one.
- 192. Mr. Fenek, a morphine addict.
- 193. Have you heard? The conference at
Munich is forcing a settlement on us.
- 194. Everything will be all right...
- 195. though I do have a drop of German
blood - no one can help his origins.
- 196. Haven't you overalls, Mr. Dvorak?
Never mind, we'll find you something.
- 197. Won't you come round with us,
- 198. You've never seen how we work.
- 199. My job is to clean the chapel,
- 200. Let's go, then, Mr. Dvorak.
- 201. May I smoke?
- 202. Of course, do smoke
if you feel like it.
- 203. I don't smoke or drink.
- 204. We can hear the ceremony above,
such beautiful music. You like music?
- 205. Sensitive people love music.
- 206. I love it very much.
- 207. That's only Mrs. Leshetinska
- 208. The catafalque descends here.
- 209. Above us is the world of survivors,
so to speak.
- 210. For us, work is only beginning.
- 211. These furnaces always remind me...
- 212. of the ovens in which
our daily bread is baked.
- 213. This is our timetable.
- 214. The timetable of death
no one can escape...
- 215. unless buried in the ground.
- 216. Now we burn with gas, not coke.
- 217. The body is turned to dust
in 75 minutes.
- 218. In fine weather, Mr. Dvorak...
- 219. you can go for a breath
of fresh air in the cemetery.
- 220. You can see inside through
these little windows.
- 221. There's nothing to see now.
- 222. No doubt you will have a chance
during some nice cremation.
- 223. The ashes are placed
in these metal urns...
- 224. but the soul is no longer there,
it is up in the ether...
- 225. free of suffering,
- 226. it moves into another body.
- 227. Here you can see a few coffins
for this afternoon.
- 228. The one to be burned first
is already up in the chapel...
- 229. for leave-taking.
- 230. But not every coffin goes up there.
- 231. These are not to be opened,
they are already nailed down.
- 232. Leave it, Mr. Dvorak.
- 233. It may come in useful.
- 234. This is Miss Strunna.
Her skin is wonderfully pink.
- 235. There she is. I looked
at her yesterday.
- 236. She looks so alive,
you expect her to get up...
- 237. and walk.
- 238. You may wonder if she's really dead.
- 239. That would be a wicked thought.
- 240. This woman has been declared dead...
- 241. and it is our duty to incinerate
her after the ceremony.
- 242. If Miss Strunna were alive...
- 243. cremation would be terrible,
because her life was before her.
- 244. It would only be good
if her life was full of suffering.
- 245. Suffering is a great evil, and we
must do all we can to alleviate it.
- 246. But don't worry, Mr. Dvorak -
Miss Strunna is really dead.
- 247. Such mistakes are rare nowadays.
- 248. How beautiful.
- 249. Look, my angels.
- 250. Pity they are not artificial,
to bloom in the snow.
- 251. Poor Mr. Dvorak is so nervous,
he smokes all the time.
- 252. Come, Mili, don't wander off.
- 253. What lovely acrobatics.
- 254. I've something better for you.
- 255. - What's that?
- Don't be scared.
- 256. This is the murderer Laget.
- 257. He committed a murder
every day and night.
- 258. Really live, like at the theatre.
- 259. It's a waxworks, you idiot.
- 260. And now, God-fearing people,
let us visit the baths.
- 261. With real water and steam?
- 262. It's a waxworks, isn't it?
- 263. These are the baths at Franzensbad.
- 264. People come here to bathe
and make themselves beautiful.
- 265. This woman washes...
- 266. and smiles at the young man.
- 267. She sits there
and the young scoundrel kills her.
- 268. Old-fashioned baths.
Our bathroom is nicer.
- 269. She looks like our dairywoman.
- 270. This isn't a dairy.
- 271. This man hanged himself
because he had the plague...
- 272. a contagious disease...
- 273. he died rather than
- 274. His body hangs there,
as dead as a doornail.
- 275. - He looks alive
- He's hanged.
- 276. This poor boy was murdered
by the notorious Moore...
- 277. with this iron bar.
- 278. Moore looked innocent,
with blue eyes and pink cheeks.
- 279. He killed six people
and ended on the scaffold.
- 280. I knew it!
- 281. What do you know? I can't
even take you to a waxworks!
- 282. The wax dwarf points the way out.
His name is Vitek.
- 283. He's alive!
- 284. For gentlemen with strong nerves
we have a special exhibition.
- 285. Here we have all the contagious
diseases. Syphilis, gonorrhoea...
- 286. What a scourge.
One can die of that, too.
- 287. But modern science can protect us.
- 288. Our good neighbour, Dr. Bettelheim...
- 289. Do you still consider these tests
to be necessary?
- 290. You know I touch no woman
but my own angel.
- 291. I'm afraid you'll think
I'm a hypochondriac...
- 292. but I'm afraid of infection
from my work.
- 293. But you don't handle such corpses,
so infection is impossible.
- 294. I'm very glad that Mili
is friends with your nephew.
- 295. Mili likes to roam about,
and that's dangerous nowadays.
- 296. I hear there's martial law
in the frontier regions.
- 297. This will end in suffering.
- 298. Violence never pays, it's an
unreliable principle of power.
- 299. After all, we live in Europe, in the
20th century, in a civilised world.
- 300. Aggressors are always beaten
in the end.
- 301. Well, Mr. Kopfrkingl, if you think
it necessary, come again.
- 302. These are banana flies...
- 303. used for heredity tests.
- 304. And this is Drosphilia funebris...
- 305. the funeral fly.
- 306. Would you like this collection?
- 307. I'll sell it cheap
for a bit of morphine.
- 308. Very decorative.
I appreciate such things.
- 309. I have a butterfly
pinned in my bathroom.
- 310. Where would I get morphine?
I don't even smoke.
- 311. You know that engineer...
- 312. Mr. Reinke is not in Prague.
- 313. All right, let me have it when
he returns. I've got a little left.
- 314. I've come early today,
so as to see you.
- 315. You've better things to see.
- 316. How long have you lived like this?
- 317. This isn't the life for you.
- 318. What's the sense in doing such work?
- 319. Times are dangerous,
- 320. You should have someone to cling to,
someone to protect you.
- 321. Let's talk it over this evening.
- 322. I've alarmed Mrs. Liskova.
- 323. You shouldn't joke in a crematorium,
- 324. Yes, but I only wanted to talk,
to invite her to our house...
- 325. to cheer her up a little,
- 326. A present for Zina.
- 327. Your young lady has a client,
- 328. Perhaps you might like another.
Everyone says you're so respectable.
- 329. You would have to wait a little
for Miss Dagmar.
- 330. What a pity you only visit us
on the first Thursday of the month.
- 331. Couldn't you call more often?
- 332. My income is larger now...
- 333. I have a representative...
- 334. and it's good for the health.
- 335. Here's Miss Dagmar.
- 336. You see, it wasn't so long.
- 337. I've waited a month for you,
- 338. I'll just tidy up.
- 339. I don't want this to get crushed.
It's for Zina.
- 340. We have a new employee,
a Mr. Dvorak.
- 341. He works with the coffins.
- 342. At first he smoked incessantly -
now he's less nervous.
- 343. Thank God he doesn't smoke
so much now.
- 344. Mr. Strauss is quite successful
with the application forms.
- 345. People in the confectionery trade
are very pleasant.
- 346. I want to take on
- 347. Someone in toys or cosmetics
would be suitable.
- 348. I must look after my family,
- 349. We have a beautiful and blessed home.
- 350. I must look after you even better.
- 351. I'll employ another representative.
Mr. Dvorak smokes less now.
- 352. But I told you that, didn't I?
- 353. Lakmé, you look so sad lately.
Is something wrong?
- 354. Are you worried?
- 355. Zina's birthday is soon.
- 356. I've bought her a new costume.
- 357. What about that boy Kaja? Will he
care for his family as well as I do?
- 358. This one has died.
Everything dies here.
- 359. Mrs. Liskova is leaving.
- 360. She's unhappy here.
- 361. Leaving us? How sudden.
I'm so sorry.
- 362. I can't invite you...
- 363. and we'll be so busy...
- 364. with the German army
on our frontier.
- 365. Even Mr. Vrana can't make
the torches work.
- 366. Why get so excited?
- 367. Why should they occupy us?
Violence doesn't pay.
- 368. We live in a civilised world,
in Europe, in the 20th century.
- 369. When is Miss Carska's turn?
- 370. She's seventh.
- 371. The first funeral of the afternoon -
it won't wait.
- 372. Poor Miss Carska.
- 373. She was about to be married.
- 374. I must go and see
if she is quite in order.
- 375. I don't want to disturb,
but have you got that morphine?
- 376. I told you - Mr. Reinke
is not in Prague.
- 377. Be patient. How can you
think of morphine...
- 378. when foreign troops
are on our frontier?
- 379. Conferences are being held,
there might be war...
- 380. and Miss Carska was
about to be married.
- 381. How terrible to lose our dear ones
in their prime
- 382. o, frost has withered
- 383. and the black angel of death
has done his deed.
- 384. An educated speaker.
- 385. Dvorak's "Largo", Mr. Dvorak.
- 386. In 75 minutes, Miss Carska
will be dust to fill an urn.
- 387. But not her soul.
- 388. The soul will be liberated -
reincarnated, as they say in Tibet.
- 389. She will fly into the ether.
- 390. You know, premature death
can be a great blessing...
- 391. if it frees one from suffering.
- 392. I think I'd like to go, too.
- 393. Sometimes I think I'd rather
work in the boiler room.
- 394. Come, Mr. Dvorak,
what's the matter?
- 395. I thought you were
less nervous lately.
- 396. I told my dear one you smoked less.
- 397. The boiler room would
be demeaning for you.
- 398. Help yourselves children,
Kaja, young ladies...
- 399. Great things are happening now the
Germans have occupied Sudetenland.
- 400. Beautiful music.
- 401. Let's see what they say in the papers.
- 402. BUY VODAK'S
- 403. Mili, never put an explosive
in your mouth.
- 404. You could be maimed for life.
- 405. Will you take a picture, Kaja?
- 406. A photograph is like a conserve
of a given moment.
- 407. They take photos at our crematorium,
but not with funny faces.
- 408. They're bought as souvenirs
by those left behind.
- 409. Has anyone ever woken up
in a coffin?
- 410. No, Kaja, not even Miss Carska...
- 411. although she was under 30
and about to be married.
- 412. I read someone came back to life.
- 413. Then the person wasn't really dead.
- 414. No one can come back to life
after 75 minutes in a furnace.
- 415. In some humane states,
they incinerate animals, too.
- 416. You, too, will be incinerated,
- 417. In your present incarnation... but one
day you won't recognise yourself.
- 418. Cremation is quite humane...
- 419. and frees people
from fear of death.
- 420. Dear children, there is no reason
to fear cremation.
- 421. Zina, play something
for our distinguished guests.
- 422. Mahler's "Songs for Dead Children...".
- 423. or something livelier,
like Saint-Saëns' "Danse macabre".
- 424. Next Wednesday, Mili and I
will go to a boxing match.
- 425. My angel nearly forgot to tell me
I was invited.
- 426. I've never been to a boxing match.
I think it's a brutal sport.
- 427. I'm looking forward to it.
- 428. It's good for you to see a manly sport.
- 429. - I've always thought it brutal
- Tough, perhaps...
- 430. but we need tough men.
Boxing is man against man.
- 431. Well, really, it's too bad!
- 432. We're always late.
- 433. Excuse me, these are our seats.
- 434. That pale woman...
- 435. She reminds me...
- 436. of someone I've seen before.
- 437. - He'll break his leg
- Shut up!
- 438. My angel almost forgot to give me
the tickets and your invitation.
- 439. - Will there be bloodshed?
- Maybe, but there shouldn't be.
- 440. Clean your glasses, Mili.
- 441. They'll bash their teeth in.
- 442. - Dancing?
- No, boxing.
- 443. They'll hit him.
- 444. He's the referee.
- 445. They hit each other, not him.
- 446. The one in red
is a butcher's apprentice.
- 447. A butcher! There'll be bloodshed!
- 448. This is a boxing match,
not a slaughterhouse!
- 449. You said they wouldn't hit him.
- 450. It was a mistake.
Shut up and sit down!
- 451. There's blood. You said
we were going to a boxing match.
- 452. I can't take her anywhere.
She's crazy, I'll have her put away.
- 453. Was the apprentice dead, dad?
- 454. Nothing is certain in this life,
- 455. BOXING! JOIN US AT THE
YOUTH SPORTS CLUB!
- 456. This Christmas is truly blessed.
- 457. Angel, you look so radiant.
- 458. What if I hang you up...
- 459. amongst all these lovely things?
- 460. Don't let them suffer. Anezka
will kill them in a moment.
- 461. Why must she do it?
Couldn't you kill them?
- 462. Of course, but I don't like to do it.
- 463. Anezka is used to it,
she's a good old soul.
- 464. Come children, it's not
a thing to watch.
- 465. Roxana will stay here...
- 466. she likes the guts.
- 467. One carp must be dead,
if she killed it with one blow.
- 468. Its soul is in the ether.
- 469. The second has gone.
- 470. Their souls are free.
- 471. You may want to play
with their souls...
- 472. but they are not really
the souls of carp, just bladders.
- 473. Their true souls
could be reincarnated...
- 474. as cats, perhaps.
- 475. Perhaps our dear pet
was once eaten as a carp.
- 476. Perhaps we will eat her
again... as something.
- 477. But Reinke said he'd call
- 478. Are you eating carp for Christmas?
- 479. Yes, my angel is frying them now,
on our little furnace.
- 480. Her blessed mother prepared them
in jelly, foreign style.
- 481. We cook them the Czech way.
- 482. That's all very well,
but what about our blood?
- 483. We fight for noble ideals
and you fry carp the Czech way.
- 484. I thought you opposed violence,
supported justice and happiness.
- 485. This republic is a fortress
of the enemy.
- 486. It's a humanitarian state...
- 487. with good laws,
like the one on cremation.
- 488. We'll install a higher moral code,
a new order. It was predestined.
- 489. You are strong and brave.
- 490. You have a pure, Germanic soul.
- 491. Karl, this will be a test
of your strength and courage.
- 492. On 6th March the Jewish community
has some celebration...
- 493. a concert or something -
get yourself invited.
- 494. You know that old Jew, Bettelheim...
- 495. he'll take you along.
- 496. Keep your ears open,
listen to what they say.
- 497. In a way it's to help
those unhappy Jews.
- 498. How will it help them?
- 499. They're a misguided, unhappy people.
They understand nothing.
- 500. They fight against our Führer.
- 501. They're a misguided nation.
You can help them.
- 502. Find out what they're saying,
what they're thinking.
- 503. We'll join you in a moment, dear.
- 504. I've brought a party application
form for you.
- 505. Become a member. There's still time.
- 506. I must go now - to the Casino
in Rose Street.
- 507. We don't usually take
our wives there, of course.
- 508. Today is an exception.
- 509. Lots of blondes there, usually -
see for yourself.
- 510. Only party members
can go to the Casino.
- 511. Our comrades, fellow Germans.
- 512. Mother tongue.
- 513. I swear I am not of Jewish race
- 514. Only blondes? No brunettes?
I'll have to get used to it.
- 515. Now it's really Christmas.
We have candles at home, too.
- 516. At the crematorium we have them
all the time.
- 517. I wonder what the Bettelheims
- 518. They celebrate Christmas,
even though they're Jews.
- 519. He earns a lot of money, thanks
to other people's misfortune.
- 520. The temple of death is idle
on Christmas Day.
- 521. No cremations, like a Saturday,
though I think they should work today.
- 522. We should liberate as many souls
- 523. Christmas should be generous
to the dead as well as the living.
- 524. At least the carp
have profited from it.
- 525. I will have a symbolic glass only.
I'm a teetotaller.
- 526. The Germans don't drink, either.
- 527. A humane nation,
with a law on cremation.
- 528. They have a great future before them.
- 529. I hope... we, too, belong
to this great chosen nation...
- 530. which will install
a higher moral code.
- 531. Blood is blood,
and cannot be gainsaid.
- 532. Do you think it's still necessary,
- 533. Can you tell me
how my blood is, doctor?
- 534. There's sure to be nothing,
as always. Negative.
- 535. I didn't mean that, I meant
what is my blood?
- 536. Is my blood Czech
or is my blood German?
- 537. It's impossible to tell.
- 538. At least can you tell whether
it's Slavonic or Germanic?
- 539. There's no difference in blood,
it's like human ashes.
- 540. You yourself say that all
human ashes are the same...
- 541. be they French or Spanish,
doctor or clerk...
- 542. Is it true, doctor...
- 543. that the Jewish community
will soon have some celebration...
- 544. with lovely songs?
- 545. You're thinking of the
Chevra Kadisha Seudah.
- 546. It is a dinner, held in
the Funeral Hall.
- 547. I fear it will not be so nice this
year. Would you like to come?
- 548. In the Funeral Hall?
- 549. What a beautiful tremolo.
- 550. They said the Führer
was a scoundrel?
- 551. Such beautiful singing...
- 552. - Liquidate party members, they said?
- Yes... there was a crowd talking...
- 553. That cantor, those high notes...
- 554. They said they'd destroy Germany?
- 555. Yes, take power in their own hands...
and that soft, mournful song...
- 556. So they practically said they
would destroy the Reich?
- 557. Yes, yes...
- 558. It was all like some solemn funeral.
- 559. You were right,
the Casino is heavenly.
- 560. No one is suffering.
- 561. Soon we'll end all suffering...
- 562. in Warsaw, Paris, London,
- 563. We've already liberated
Bohemia and Moravia.
- 564. Not even horses will suffer,
everything will be mechanised.
- 565. Did you see any horses
in the occupation of Prague?
- 566. The German army is mechanised,
like your crematorium.
- 567. The Führer will create a paradise.
- 568. We must drink to the victory,
- 569. I don't drink... or smoke.
- 570. Today is an exception.
- 571. I'll never forget
the 15th March, 1939.
- 572. Just a symbolic glass, perhaps.
- 573. But we have enemies, Karl.
- 574. In your crematorium, too.
- 575. We must rely on you,
our only party member there.
- 576. What's the situation there?
- 577. Some of them
don't understand anything.
- 578. Like Zajic...
- 579. Fenek... Beran...
- 580. Podzimkova... Pelikan...
- 581. or the porter, Vrana.
- 582. There's something wrong
with his liver...
- 583. but he's an enemy of the Reich.
- 584. As for Liskova...
- 585. she no longer works there,
but we can find her address.
- 586. And the director...
- 587. the director
of my temple of death...
- 588. also hasn't the right attitude.
- 589. He once said he'd like
to incinerate all the Germans.
- 590. I don't know whether he should
remain as director.
- 591. We'll think about it.
- 592. And what about
your unfortunate Jews?
- 593. You even employ two.
- 594. I don't know... Mr. Strauss...
- 595. He's a decent, honest man...
- 596. he likes music, works well -
only for the money, perhaps.
- 597. He told me he doesn't agree
with the Germans.
- 598. Doctor Bettelheim...
- 599. he's a good man, but
he doesn't understand, either.
- 600. I fear his nephew, Jan,
is under his influence...
- 601. just a boy.
- 602. I don't like him.
He takes Mili roaming.
- 603. And Anezka...
- 604. their servant, a good soul,
- 605. She killed our carp, I couldn't. But
she's under Bettelheim's influence.
- 606. I think the Jews are a misguided
nation, beyond re-education.
- 607. All that incredible music.
- 608. Look, in Sparta they killed
- 609. Some might think it cruel,
but it was a merciful thing...
- 610. for the children.
- 611. They would only have
been miserable -
- 612. the nation benefited.
- 613. Your Maria's mother used to
prepare carp in jelly.
- 614. A foreign style, as you said. Don't
you know it's the Jewish style?
- 615. Your Lakmé's mother was Jewish.
- 616. When I reminded your black-haired
Lakmé of your German blood...
- 617. she said Czech was spoken
in your house.
- 618. Your Lakmé didn't tell you of my
invitation to the boxing match.
- 619. She's not pleased
you've joined the party.
- 620. I'd like to know her reaction when
your kids go to a German school.
- 621. She has a bad influence on Mili -
he's weak, effeminate.
- 622. That's how they work, secretly,
with families, children.
- 623. How long have you been married,
- 624. Our blessed marriage
has lasted for 19 years.
- 625. We first met at the zoo,
in front of the leopard's cage.
- 626. We must make sacrifices,
- 627. In the circumstances, I'm afraid
you couldn't occupy higher posts.
- 628. There is no difference in blood.
Dr. Bettelheim says so.
- 629. There's a tremendous difference.
Pure blood comes first.
- 630. There's no place for inferior blood
in the new order.
- 631. Isn't your Dr. Bettelheim a Jew?
- 632. Your Lakmé should understand
that she's unfit to live with you.
- 633. It's incompatible with the honour
of an honourable, healthy man.
- 634. She will have many problems, Karl.
- 635. I couldn't come earlier, sir.
- 636. I had to attend several
- 637. It's not like you, Mr. Kopfrkingl,
but everything seems to be changing.
- 638. Certainly, some personal changes
are only to be expected.
- 639. You hardly ever smoke nowadays,
- 640. Now Mr. Pelikan can take
the beauty to the chapel.
- 641. You can take her away, Mr. Pelikan.
She is ready.
- 642. What about that morphine?
- 643. I'm an honourable, healthy man. In
your own interest, I won't provide it.
- 644. If you don't stop pestering me,
I'll call the police.
- 645. Morphine addiction is a vice,
incompatible with the honour of man.
- 646. Not another word,
or I'll have you put in an asylum.
- 647. Haven't you noticed that our Torches
of Remembrance have gone out?
- 648. Well, they've arrested Beran,
Zajic and the director.
- 649. What can we do?
- 650. Poor Fenek is crazy for morphine.
He's an effeminate, broken man.
- 651. What about Prachar's drinking,
and his unfortunate son, Vojta?
- 652. Who else have we left?
- 653. It's that boxer,
the butcher's apprentice.
- 654. Do you know him?
- 655. I've been to that youth club twice.
- 656. It said on the pamphlet, "Join us!".
- 657. That's a very good idea.
- 658. You must be tough. You have German
blood in your veins, haven't you?
- 659. You'll go to a German school.
- 660. That boxer will make a better friend
than Jan Bettelheim.
- 661. Tell me about this boxer.
What does he say?
- 662. He says he must train hard, so he
can bash the Germans' teeth in.
- 663. That's what he says, dad.
- 664. But that's all wrong, Mili.
- 665. Now you and Zina must go
to visit auntie.
- 666. But when you come back,
I'll explain everything to you.
- 667. Now we're alone for once...
- 668. why don't you dress up?
- 669. Let's have a special dinner.
- 670. Put on your little black dress -
you hardly ever wear it.
- 671. Then we'll bathe in our lovely
bathroom, like at a Roman feast.
- 672. I'm going to be promoted
to the post of director.
- 673. Isn't it perhaps our blessed
- 674. Or at least the anniversary of our
meeting at the leopard's cage?
- 675. Well, let's pretend it is.
- 676. Aren't you hungry?
- 677. One should make the most
of every day in life...
- 678. as though it were the last.
- 679. The whole world is open to us.
- 680. The sky is open to us...
- 681. our sky which has been
unclouded for 19 years.
- 682. But I've noticed that the bathroom
ventilator is broken.
- 683. I've fixed it with a rope, until
it's mended properly tomorrow.
- 684. You can reach the rope
by standing on a chair.
- 685. Can you hear that lovely singing?
- 686. How unfortunate are those who
die unaware of music's beauty.
- 687. You at least loved music.
- 688. Come, dearest, let us run the bath.
- 689. Won't you be too hot?
- 690. Open the ventilator, dear.
- 691. What if I hanged you, dear?
- 692. May I speak to director Kopfrkingl?
- 693. Excuse me, I was reading.
- 694. Will you have a drink?
Brandy? Czech slivovic?
- 695. Thank you, but I don't drink or smoke.
- 696. The Dalai Lama has died.
- 697. For years our blessed homeland,
Tibet, has sought the great man...
- 698. in whom Buddha, our saviour,
has been reincarnated.
- 699. Now, at last, we have found him.
- 700. The throne in Lhasa awaits you.
- 701. I shall return to fetch you, then
we shall leave for the Himalayas...
- 702. our heavenly, blessed homeland.
- 703. It is my painful duty...
- 704. in my new capacity as director
of this temple of death...
- 705. to officiate at my own
beloved wife's funeral.
- 706. Our 19 years of happy marriage
have been ended...
- 707. by her tragic death.
- 708. But it is true that death
can sometimes be a blessing.
- 709. A great blessing...
- 710. when it spares us suffering.
- 711. It can spare us the anxieties,
- 712. which might await us...
- 713. in later life.
- 714. You will return to the place
from whence you came.
- 715. Your soul will be free...
- 716. to fly into the ether.
- 717. The Teutons, my dear friends...
- 718. incinerated their dead...
- 719. purified with flame.
- 720. I take leave of you, my angel...
- 721. as director of this crematorium
and as your loving husband.
- 722. But we must make sacrifices.
- 723. There is nothing certain
in this life, except death...
- 724. and the fact that a new order
will be installed in Europe.
- 725. The Führer's New Europe, and death.
- 726. Those are the only two
certainties we can have.
- 727. The flames will not hurt you,
- 728. We've pensioned off Vrana,
- 729. He was too old.
- 730. And Mrs. Podzimkova, the cleaner, too.
- 731. It's for the best - she once told me
she was afraid of the incinerators.
- 732. I'll keep the others for the time
being. But Mili worries me.
- 733. He's even more of a weakling,
and he goes wandering off.
- 734. Hedvika, give me the pink soap.
- 735. His mother was half-Jewish...
it must show.
- 736. Mili is a half-caste.
- 737. According to Reich civil law,
Mili is a quarter Jewish.
- 738. He won't be accepted for higher
education or by a youth organisation.
- 739. He lazes about.
- 740. Mili dreams of being a soldier,
now there's a threat of war.
- 741. He may run away to join up,
as a romantic gesture.
- 742. Children are a worry.
- 743. It's Saturday today - the temple
of death is not working.
- 744. At least you'll be able
to look around.
- 745. It's where your father
began work 20 years ago.
- 746. Where are you going?
- 747. Just out.
- 748. We're going for a walk,
it's such a nice day.
- 749. We are living in great times...
- 750. we must bear all our worries
and fears bravely.
- 751. Your blessed mother... I wonder
how she was reincarnated.
- 752. Will you have ice cream or a cake?
- 753. Both, I think.
- 754. Buy one only - you'll have
no appetite for dinner.
- 755. Let's go through the cemetery,
it's much nicer.
- 756. I used to walk here in the lunch
hour, before I became director.
- 757. This is a cemetery, not a fun fair!
Don't you know what a cemetery is?
- 758. She's crazy. She thinks it's all fun.
- 759. Take no notice.
- 760. Was your cake nice? Good.
- 761. One shouldn't profane a sacred place.
- 762. That's not for you, Mili.
- 763. What a pretty memorial.
- 764. The Greek Torches of Remembrance -
they had them in Sparta.
- 765. They've been burning ever since
the new employers came.
- 766. But they're not burning.
- 767. This is where people are
turned to dust.
- 768. You're not frightened are you, Mili?
- 769. Mr. Dvorak.
- 770. This is the preparation room.
- 771. This coffin is nailed down because
the corpse won't be exhibited.
- 772. On Monday it will go first to the
chapel, then straight to the furnace.
- 773. It contains the body
of a pure-blooded German.
- 774. A man of pure race,
not an effeminate, weak soul.
- 775. Clean your glasses,
you'll ruin your eyesight.
- 776. Mr. Dvorak wanted to throw
- 777. but I said it might
come in useful.
- 778. There is no difference in ashes.
- 779. What if... I put you
in with him, Mili?
- 780. The time has come.
The throne awaits you.
- 781. Tibet, our blessed homeland,
awaits its ruler.
- 782. The wall that restricted
your vision has fallen.
- 783. The sky is clear...
- 784. the stars are above us...
you will save the world.
- 785. You are Buddha.
- 786. The sky is clear,
the stars are above us.
- 787. Lhasa.
- 788. I used to read about it
in my book on Tibet.
- 789. Let all creatures be freed
- 790. But I have yet to save
one more good soul.
- 791. One more soul must be saved...
- 792. from the suffering
which would await her...
- 793. in our new paradise on earth.
- 794. Wait till next Saturday
evening, my son.
- 795. That's it, Mr. Kopfrkingl.
- 796. We must test some, you know...
- 797. this is top secret.
- 798. You have 20 years experience.
- 799. The gas furnaces of the future.
You could be technical supervisor.
- 800. But absolute secrecy is necessary.
- 801. Of course, I quite understand.
- 802. Equipment to incinerate
the greatest number at once.
- 803. To free as many souls as possible
from the fetters of existence.
- 804. To fly into the universe,
dissolve into the ether.
- 805. I think it's a tremendous
- 806. because ordinary crematoria
take 75 minutes...
- 807. with one body per furnace.
- 808. You see, in such enormous,
- 809. taking one hundred,
five hundred, a thousand...
- 810. it could all be done
in ten minutes.
- 811. Big installations,
- 812. bodies could be fed in one end...
- 813. and ashes would come out the
other end, mixed up, of course...
- 814. but no matter, there's
no difference in ashes.
- 815. And liberated souls would fly
out of the top.
- 816. All humanity could be liberated,
the entire world.
- 817. Poor Mr. Prachar... Vojtik...
- 818. what happiness for Bettelheims,
for all at the Jewish celebration...
- 819. so many, if I could give them
hope of freedom from suffering...
- 820. I'd tell them
they'd be reincarnated.
- 821. Mr. Kopfrkingl...
you must be over-tired.
- 822. You know, it doesn't really matter
if someone isn't quite dead.
- 823. In such big, continuous incinerators
no one could come to life again.
- 824. But absolute secrecy is vital,
- 825. Yes, absolute secrecy is vital.
- 826. I have been called on to manage
a great enterprise.
- 827. I'll no longer be the director
of a small crematorium.
- 828. Soon I'll be in charge
of a huge organisation...
- 829. although the details haven't
been decided yet.
- 830. - Where are you going?
- Ah, Kaja.
- 831. I'm taking our dear one
to see something.
- 832. Shall I call next week?
- 833. By all means, next week.
Have you got your camera now?
- 834. Pity. It's such a nice day,
a photo would be a nice souvenir.
- 835. No one will suffer any more -
I'm preparing a huge installation.
- 836. Let's go through the cemetery,
- 837. I used to walk here every lunch
hour. Perhaps this is the last time.
- 838. My wife ran away a week ago.
- 839. You met us here, remember? Have
you seen her. A boy was with you.
- 840. I've been waiting here.
- 841. She may return. She's mad.
- 842. You can see where your father began,
where he works.
- 843. It's disgraceful, don't look, dear.
- 844. That's not for you.
Look at that pretty memorial.
- 845. This is where people
are turned to dust.
- 846. But it's all too slow - I'll introduce
something more efficient.
- 847. This is the preparation room.
- 848. This coffin is nailed down because
it will go straight to the furnace.
- 849. No, this would be improper.
- 850. She was a piano tutor,
that will be more suitable.
- 851. You see this?
- 852. I told Mr. Dvorak
it might come in useful.
- 853. We must go.
- 854. The restricting wall has fallen.
- 855. The stars are before us,
- 856. Now you will save the world.
- 857. The nation, all humanity,
is waiting for you.
- 858. I am glad you've come.
I shall leave with you.
- 859. I shall sit on the throne.
- 860. But I have a daughter still -
she is a quarter Jewish.
- 861. I have not yet saved her.
- 862. Don't worry, we'll take care of her.
- 863. There is a lot of work waiting
for you, Mr. Kopfrkingl.
- 864. For the nation, for humanity.
- 865. No one will suffer.
I shall save them all.
- 866. I shall save them all.
- 867. The whole world.
- 868. THE END