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Häxan (The Witches)
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Häxan (The Witches)

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A historical view of witchcraft in seven parts and a variety of styles. First, there is a slide-show alternating inter-titles with drawings and paintings to illustrate the behavior of pagan cultures in the Middle Ages regarding their vision of demons and witches. Then there is a dramatization of the situation of the witches in the Middle Ages, witchcraft and witch-hunts. Finally the film compares the behavior of hysteria of contemporary (1921) women with the behavior of the witches in the Middle Ages, concluding that they are very similar.
Actors: Else Vermehren,
Else Vermehren
Else Vermehren
Frederik Christensen,
Frederik Christensen
Frederik Christensen
Clara Pontoppidan,
Clara Pontoppidan
Clara Pontoppidan
Henry Seemann,
Henry Seemann
Henry Seemann
Ib Schønberg,
Ib Schønberg
Ib Schønberg
Gerda Madsen,
Gerda Madsen
Gerda Madsen
Elisabeth Christensen,
Elisabeth Christensen
Elisabeth Christensen
Ellen Rassow,
Ellen Rassow
Ellen Rassow
Astrid Holm,
Astrid Holm
Astrid Holm
Ella La Cour,
Ella La Cour
Ella La Cour
John Andersen,
John Andersen
John Andersen
...»
Director: Benjamin Christensen
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Release: 1922
IMDb: 7.7
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Duration: 91 min
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March 05, 2002

The film stands as a fascinating historical document, and, more surprisingly, as a thoroughly watchable film.
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August 15, 2007

A silent curiosity made in Denmark in 1922, with an episodic, rhetorical structure that would have appealed to Jean-Luc Godard.
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February 28, 2002

Viewers who think "silent" films are boring and primitive would do well to start with this one as an example of how advanced they really were.
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DVDJournal.com
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April 08, 2006

Ostensibly an exposé of religious persecution born from ignorance of science ... or, when filtered through the bong water of the psychedelic '60s to become Witchcraft Through the Ages, a trippy exercise in surreal pop filmmaking extravagance.
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Old School Reviews
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July 12, 2002

Before you think the filmmaker is one sick dude, he also develops scenarios to show how innocent women are deceived and trapped into witch accusations...
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Lawrence Journal-World

June 07, 2003

The sophistication of these 1920 special effects are hard to believe
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Variety
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May 16, 2008

Swedish and Danish pictures easily hold the palm for morbid realism and in many cases for brilliant acting and production.
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Film4
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September 25, 2007

In fact Haxan is a deeply rationalistic piece of humanism, exposing the horrors of superstition and hysteria rather than of witchcraft itself.
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Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

August 21, 2002

Fascinating pioneering horror
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Time Out
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January 26, 2006

A weird and rather wonderful brew of fiction, documentary and animation based on 15th and 16th century witchcraft trials, Christensen's film has a remarkable visual flair that takes in Bosch, Breughel and Goya.
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May 07, 2003

One of the earliest films that takes misogyny and sexual repression as its subject.
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May 26, 2006

Begins as a documentary about witches but turns into a real, honest-to-goodness horror film with scary images of witches, devils, evil spells, etc.
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