Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

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 and early modern era suffered from the same ills as psychiatric patients diagnosed with hysteria in the film's own time. 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.

With live musical accompaniment from members of 
Modality, including Jay Bruns, Ben Weiss, Naomi Siegel, John Sporman, and Trey Jorgenson. Bring in a canned food item and take $1.00 off your ticket!

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

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Benjamin Christensen, 1922, Denmark, 105 minutes

Cast Members: Benjamin Christensen, Astrid Holm, Karen Winther
Format: Digital
Writer: Benjamin Christensen
Music: Modality