• Häxan: Witchcraft through the Ages

    1922. Sweden. Benjamin Christensen. Approx. 104 min.

Introduced by Wengström; live musical accompaniment by the Matti Bye ensemble

Sunday, November 8, 2009, 2:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Häxan: Witchcraft through the Ages

    1922. Sweden. Written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. With Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan. “Häxan is arguably the most original and impressive of all Swedish silent films, and today is still a technically and cinematographically astonishing achievement. An eccentric mixture of didactic lecture and spectacular dramatization, Häxan recounts popular beliefs in the devil and superstition throughout the ages—with director Christensen himself playing Lucifer—and through striking imagery depicts the hypocrisy, sexual repression, and witch hunts of medieval times. Christensen was Danish, as was most of the cast and crew, but the film was entirely financed by the Swedish production company Svensk Filmindustri, which gave Christensen unprecedented artistic freedom and an enormous budget” (Jon Wengström). Tinted print restored by The Swedish Film Institute. Silent, with Swedish and English intertitles. Approx. 104 min.