In Prague, Kopfrkingl (Rudolf Hrusínský) enjoys his work at the crematorium perhaps a bit too much, having gained a perverse idea of reincarnation from his haphazard studies of Tibet. After World War II breaks out, there is a sudden need to be as Aryan as possible, and Kopfrkingl's old friend Reinke (Ilja Prachar) points out that Kopfrkingl has some German heritage. But his wife is Jewish, which makes his children Jewish, which makes the now-Nazi Kopfrkingl's blood boil.
Director: Juraj Herz
Writer: Juraj Herz and Ladislav Fuks
Cast: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlasta Chramosotova, Jana Stehnova, Milos Vognic, Ilja Prachar, Jiri Lir and Jan Vlcek