Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages [1922] [Criterion] (DVD)

Benjamin Christensen

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*Swedish intertitles with optional English subtitles.

 

Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns and a satanic Sabbath: Danish director Benjamin Christensen's legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the middle ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious - instead it's a witches' brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous. The Criterion Collection is proud to present to versions of this genre-defying "documentary," for the first time ever on DVD.

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Product Details

  • Starring: Clara Pontoppidan, Tora Teje, Astrid Holm, Karen Winther, Maren Pedersen, Oscar Stribolt, Albrecht Schmidt
  • Format: Black & White, DVD, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 134

Special Features

  • Music from the Original Danish Premiere Arranged by Film Music Specialist Gillian Anderson and Performed by the Czech Film Orchestra, Presented in Dolby Digital 5.0
  • Commentary by Danish Silent Film Scholar Casper Tybjerg
  • A Short Selection of Outtakes
  • Bibliotheque Diabolique: A Photographic Exploration of Christensen's Historical Sources
  • Stills Gallery

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