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Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Criterion Collection) (1922) back to product details  

Cast: Clara Pontoppidan, Clara Pontoppidan, Benjamin Christensen, Benjamin Christensen, Oscar Stribolt, Oscar Stribolt, Astrid Holm, Astrid Holm, Maren Pedersen, Maren Pedersen, Tora Teje, Tora Teje, William S. Burroughs, William S. Burroughs, Elith Pio, Elith Pio, Gerda Madsen, Gerda Madsen
Director: Benjamin Christensen, Benjamin Christensen
Screenwriter: Benjamin Christensen, Benjamin Christensen


Sound:5.1 Dolby Digital,PCM stereo
Aspect Ratio:1.33:1

Features:
New digital, speed-corrected transfer of the Swedish Film Institute's tinted restoration
Music from the original Danish premiere, arranged by film music specialist Gillian Anderson and performed by the Czech Film Orchestra, presented in Dolby Digital 5.0
Commentary by Danish silent film scholar Casper Tybjerg
Benjamin Christensen's introduction to the 1941 re-release
A short selection of outtakes
Bibliothèque Diabolique, a photographic exploration of Christensen's historical sources
Stills gallery
New English translation of intertitles
"Witchcraft Through the Ages [1968]: the 76-minute version of Häxan, narrated by William S. Burroughs, with a soundtrack featuring Jean-Luc Ponty
English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Chapters:
Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1: Sources [6:13]
2. Hell [1:58]
3. Witches [5:23]
4. Chapter 2: 1488 [8:08]
5. Grave Robbers [3:03]
6. Deeds of the Devil [9:27]
7. Chapter 3: The Trials [3:54]
8. The Evil Eye [6:37]
9. Chapter 4: Torture [6:27]
10. Satan's Sabbath [2:57]
11. Rituals [4:14]
12. Chapter 5: Sinful Thoughts [4:45]
13. Bewitched [2:12]
14. Trickery [6:46]
15. Thunder from Water [3:10]
16. Chapter 6: Techniques [5:56]
17. Sister Cecilia [4:06]
18. The Mad Nuns Dance [1:04]
19. Baby Jesus [:00]
20. Chapter 7: 1921 [1:28]
21. Hysteria [10:46]
22. Color Bars [6:26]
0. Commentary Index
1. An Introduction to Benjamin Christensen
2. Earlier Films
3. Blind Justice and Sing Sing
4. A Fictional Documentary?
5. An Artistic Argument
6. Historical Sources
7. The Witch Trials
8. The Hammer of Witches
9. Special Effects
10. 75 Broomsticks
11. The Cast
12. "Much Nakedness"
13. International Reaction
14. The 1941 Re-release
15. Surreal Episodes
16. No "Plot"
17. An Early Auteur
18. Later Films
19. Later Films Continued
20. Jean-Martin Charcot
21. "Just Once in a Lifetime"
22. Color Bars
0. Score Index
1. Unfinished Symphony, First Movement, Franz Schubert
2. Aladdin Overture, C. F. E. Horneman
3. Florentine Serenade no. 1, Benjamin Godard
4. Tannhäuser Overture, Richard Wagner
5. Stabat Mater (Cujus Animam), Gioachinno Rossini
6. Rosamunde Overture, Franz Schubert
7. "Kol Nidrei," Max Bruch
8. "Danse Macabre," Camille Saint-Saëns
9. Titus Overture, W. A. Mozart
10. Symphony in B Minor (Pathetique) no. 6, op. 74, First Movement, Adagio and Allegro non Troppo, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
11. The Oxford Symphony in G Major, Joseph Haydn
12. Iphigenia in Aulis Overture, Christoph Gluck
13. Iphigenia in Aulis, The Slave Dance, Christoph Gluck
14. Meditation Sur le 1er Prelude de J. S. Bach, "Ave Maria," by Charles Gounod
15. Moonlight Sonata, Ludwig van Beethoven
16. Adagio from Sonate Pathetique, Ludwig van Beethoven
0. Chapters
1. Incantation
2. Mythologies
3. "The stars shine bright..."
4. Love Potion
5. Grave Robbers
6. The Devil's Plaything
7. Witch Trials
8. Torture
9. Satan's Sabbath
10. Sinful Thoughts
11. The Judges' Reaction
12. The Magic Knot of Impotence
13. The Krazy Konvent
14. 1920
15. The Hysteric
16. Coda



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