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The Janus Collection

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

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Saturday 10/11
7:00 pm
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dir. Benjamin Christensen, Denmark, 1922, 35mm, b/w, Danish w/ English subtitles, 87 min.

Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: 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.

This version of the 1922 silent film was re-edited in 1968 with narration by William S. Burroughs and a soundtrack featuring Jean-Luc Ponty.