Rent Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)

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1h 44min
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Synopsis:
Since its premiere in 1922, Benjamin Christensen’s exploration of the role of superstition in medieval minds has caused an outrage and protest from both the general public and religious groups. Dramatizing satanic activates and rituals including the ways in which suspected witches were tortured and killed, Haxan is a deliriously imaginative masterpiece. Not until its re-release in 1941 did the director earn belated fame and respect – proof that this genre-defying ‘documentary’ was far ahead of its time. In 1968, the film won further praise and a whole new audience when it was re-released with a William Burroughs narration, under the title Witchcraft through the Ages.
Actors:
, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, , Elith Pio, , Tora Teje, , , Karen Winther, Kate Fabian, Else Vermehren, , Johannes Andersen, Gerda Madsen, Aage Hertel
Directors:
Writers:
Benjamin Christensen
Aka:
Häxan
Studio:
Tartan
Genres:
Classics, Documentary, Horror
Countries:
Sweden
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/07/2007
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
Silent, Swedish Dolby Digital 2.0, Swedish Dolby Digital 5.0, Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W

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Reviews (1) of Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

Ahead of its time - at the time - Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages review by NK

Spoiler Alert
09/10/2020

Interesting dramatised documentary contrasting the witch hunts of the middle ages, with everyone denouncing everyone else as the witch-finders raked in the money, to the modern-day psychiatric approach ("modern day" of course being 1922). I'm sure audiences at the time were probably wowed by some of the special effects. For clarity, this DVD contains both the original 1922/1941 version and the 1968 release with William Burroughs narrating - the 1968 version also has a way-out jazz score.

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