By Ryan Keating-Lambert

Czechoslovak actor and director Juraj Herz passed away this week at the age of 83. He is responsible for some of the country’s most popular cult classic films including Cremator and Beauty and the Beast.

The Slovak native was born September 4, 1934 and attended university in Prague where he stayed and worked at the Semafor Theatre, and the famous Barrandov Studios before moving to Germany in the 1980s.

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Herz made several memorable and critically acclaimed films including Oil Lamps, Cremator, Beauty and the Beast, Ferat Vampire, Sweet Amusements of Past Summer and the 2010 film Habermann’s Mill.

Photo: ihned.cz

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