Author Spotlight

Jonathan Owen

Jonathan Owen is a writer and researcher specializing in Eastern and Central European cinema, avant-gardes, and cult film. He is the author of Avant-Garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties (2011) and the coeditor of A Reader in East-Central European Modernism, 1918–1956 (2019). He has taught and researched at the University of Exeter, the University of St Andrews, and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

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The Cremator: “No One Will Suffer”

Juraj Herz’s macabre tale of madness epitomizes the artistic and political audacity of Czechoslovak cinema during its golden age of liberalization, a period that would soon prove to be short-lived.

By Jonathan Owen