Witchcraft Through the Ages (Häxan)


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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Benjamin Christensen
Year: 1922
Format: Blu-ray
Cast: Astrid Holm, Benjamin Christensen
Original Language:
Subtitle Language:
Number of discs: 1
Street Date: 15-Oct-19
Runtime (minutes): 105

SKU: CC3076BD Categories: ,


Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary silent 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. Far from a dry dissertation on the topic, the film itself is a witches’ brew of the scary, the gross, and the darkly humorous. Christensen’s mix-and-match approach to genre anticipates gothic horror, documentary re-creation, and the essay film, making for an experience unlike anything else in the history of cinema.

• New 2K digital restoration
• Music from the original Danish premiere, arranged by film-music specialist Gillian Anderson and performed by the Czech Film Orchestra in 2001, presented in 5.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio
• Audio commentary from 2001 featuring film scholar Casper Tybjerg
• Witchcraft Through the Ages (1968), the seventy-six-minute version of Häxan, narrated by author William S. Burroughs, with a soundtrack featuring violinist Jean-Luc Ponty
• Director Benjamin Christensen’s introduction to the 1941 rerelease
• Short selection of outtakes
• Bibliothèque Diabolique: a photographic exploration of Christensen’s historical sources
• PLUS: Essays by critic Chris Fujiwara and scholar Chloé Germaine Buckley, as well as remarks on the score by Anderson

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