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Witchcraft Through The Ages / Haxan 1922 DVD

Häxan (English title: The Witches or Witchcraft through the Ages) is a 1922 Swedish/Danish silent horror film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. Based partly on Christensen's study of the Malleus Maleficarum, a 15th-century German guide for inquisitors, Häxan is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts. The film was made as a documentary but contains dramatized sequences that are comparable to horror films.
With Christensen's meticulous recreation of medieval scenes and the lengthy production period, the film was the most expensive Scandinavian silent film ever made, costing nearly two million Swedish kronor. Although it won acclaim in Denmark and Sweden, the film was banned in the United States and heavily censored in other countries for what were considered at that time graphic depictions of torture, nudity and sexual perversion.


Maren Pedersen as the Heksen (The Witch). Christensen cast Pedersen in the role of the witch, although she was not an actress but rather a 78-year-old flower seller.
Clara Pontoppidan as a Nonne (nun)
Elith Pio as Heksedommer (the Young Monk)
Oscar Stribolt as Graabroder, (the Fat Monk)
Tora Teje as En hysterisk kvinde (Modern Hysteric), a Kleptomaniac.
John Andersen as the Chief Inquisitor. He was credited as Johs Andersen.
Benjamin Christensen as Djævlen (The Devil). Christensen also appears briefly as Jesus Christ during a scene set in a convent, and he appears as himself in the film's opening credits.
Poul Reumert as a Juveler (Jeweler)
Karen Winther as Anna
Kate Fabian as a Gammel jomfru (Old Maid)
Else Vermehren as a Nonne (Nun)
Astrid Holm as Anna
Johannes Andersen as a Heksedommer (Witch Judge)
Gerda Madsen as a Nonne (Nun)
Aage Hertel as a Heksedommer (Witch Judge)
Ib Schønberg as a Heksedommer (Witch Judge). This role was Schønberg's screen debut.
Emmy Schønfeld as Marie, a Seamstress. She credited as Emmy Schönfeld.
Frederik Christensen as a Borger (Citizen). He was credited as Frederick Christensen.
Ella La Cour as the Troldkvinde (Sorceress)
Elisabeth Christensen as an ældre bondekone (Old Farm Lady)
Henry Seemann as a Borger (Citizen)
Alice O'Fredericks as a Nonne (Nun). O'Fredericks also worked as Christensen's script girl on this film. It was her first job in film production,but she later became one of Denmark's most popular film directors.
Knud Rassow as the Anatomen (Anatomist)
Ellen Rassow as a Tjenestepige (Maid)
Holst Jørgensen as Ole Kighul
H.C. Nielsen as the Juveler assistent (Jeweler's Assistant)
Albrecht Schmidt as the Nervelæge (Neurologist)
Runtime: 77 Minutes
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