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Haxan

Spine #134



Release:
Oct 15, 2019
$39.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • English PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Haxan

Other Versions:

Original release


Directed By: Benjamin Christensen
Licensor: Svensk Filmindustri
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Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary silent 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. Far from a dry dissertation on the topic, the film itself is a witches’ brew of the scary, the gross, and the darkly humorous. Christensen’s mix-and-match approach to genre anticipates gothic horror, documentary re-creation, and the essay film, making for an experience unlike anything else in the history of cinema.

Supplements
  • 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
  • A short selection of outtakes
  • Biblioth
  • Witchcraft Through the Ages (1968), the 76-minute version of H
  • Director Benjamin Christensen’s introduction to the 1941 rerelease
  • An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara, remarks on the score by Gillian B. Anderson, and an essay by scholar Chloé Germaine Buckley

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