Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Made in 1922)


YouTube Summary: Originally filmed in 1922, this version was updated in the mid 1960’s to include english narration by William S Burroughs. The writer and director Benjamin Christensen discloses a historical view of the witches through the seven parts of this silent movie. 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, with the witchcraft and the witch-hunts. Finally Benjamin Christensen compares the behavior of hysteria of the modern women of 1921 with the behavior of the witches in the Middle Ages, concluding that they are very similar.

4 responses

  1. Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:
    jinxx ♣ xoxo

    January 23, 2015 at 1:16 pm

  2. That’s one of my favorite films!

    January 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

  3. Reblogged this on mondozeitgeist.

    January 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm

  4. Hmmm.

    A few years ago,

    I saw a very old (sepia-colored) silent video with Danish sub-titling on this subject. It was based from the writings of Hans Christien Anderson – and was more of a hostile attack against the infamous witch-hunts and burnings of Dark-Ages Europe. The film was dated pre-1900 ( !!! ), BTW. It was broadcast late at night, on one of our “public networks”.

    I have forgotten the title of it, but may prove to be interesting viewing (if you do not mind having to read the plot from the screen).

    – Rev. Dragon’s Eye

    January 24, 2015 at 1:42 pm

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