Sign of the Cancer

Juraj Herz, 1966

Film at Filmový přehled


In his first feature film, Juraj Herz established himself as an original auteur with a flair for refined style. In accord with Hana Bělohradská’s novel Poslední večeře (The Last Supper), he created a dark atmosphere filled with suspicion and despair around a criminal plot. Znamení Raka (1966) is set in the hospital where the crime will take place. In a consulting room, somebody will murder Dr. Hahn – and due to the physician’s reputation as a womaniser, the list of suspects grows… Herz filled the unusual setting with bizarre figures, among whom shines the character of the terminally ill Prokopa, as embodied by Iva Janžurová. Znamení Raka (Sign of the Cancer) faced a series of problems, as Herz was forced to change the post-synchronisation and to omit a series of sexually explicit scenes. Real-life physicians, outraged by the unqualified communist physician character (Ilja Prachř), also protested against the film.
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About a film

Production year 1966
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres drama, crime, psychological
Form feature
Duration 87 min
Director Juraj Herz
Cast Zora Božinová, Zdeněk Štěpánek, Ilja Prachař, Lubomír Černík, Josef Chvalina
Director of photography Bedřich Baťka
Screenplay Hana Bělohradská, Juraj Herz
Editor Jaromír Janáček
Production designer Oldřich Bosák
Music Svatopluk Havelka
Sound designer František Černý