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Macabre Films
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HAXAN; WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES (1922, Norway)
dir: Benjamin Christensen
 
87 mins
starring: Aage Hertel, Astrid Holme, John Anderson, Gerda Madsen

Silent, Satanic and surreal Here's one you're not likely to see everyday. A stunning, fantastical exploration of witchcraft and the occult shot during Cinema's infancy, at a time when such things were barely discussed, let alone with any level of authority. HAXAN is for the most part a documentary. A very strange and stylized documentary, featuring bizarre depictions of possessions, black masses, even hell itself, detailed level by level! In places the film is charmingly naïve, in others it is outrageously weird and imaginative, taking "chances" like a demon takes souls. HAXAN is sure to find a black place in the hearts of anyone with a love for early filmmaking, audacious theatricality, fearless surrealism or all things supernatural. It also proves that even in the twenties, European filmmakers were doing things that their American counterparts would never have dared imagine. The film is now widely seen as one of the weirdest movies ever made. Proving himself to be the true dedicated madman that he apparently was, writer / director Benjamin Christensen appears in the film twice; once as a doctor, and once as Satan! (MD)

Film audacieux sur la sorcellerie et le monde de l‚occulte, tourné en 1922. Un documentaire stylisé et surréaliste, dramatisation détaillée des riruels et norvégien: unique !

 

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