Häxan Film Still

Häxan

Benjamin Christensen

 
Häxan (Criterion DVD)

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  • Denmark
  • 1922
  • 87 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Danish
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  • Spine #134

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. The Criterion Collection is proud to present two versions of this genre-defying “documentary,” for the first time ever on DVD.

Cast

The devilBenjamin Christensen
The scribe's wife, AnnaAstrid Holm
Anna's sisterKaren Winther
Maria the weaver, a witchMaren Pedersen
Apelone, a poor old womanWilhelmine Henriksen
Old maidKate Fabian
FriarOscar Stribolt
Sister Cecilia, a nunClara Pontoppidan
NunAlice O'Fredericks
Father Henrik, witch judgeJohannes Andersen
Johannes, witch judge Elith Pio
Witch judgeAage Hertel
Witch judgeIb Schønberg

Credits

Disc Features

  • Häxan (1922), a 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 rerelease
  • 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

    New cover by Eva Wah

Film Essays

Häxan

By Chris FujiwaraOctober 15, 2001

Born in Denmark in 1879, Benjamin Christensen had a varied career before he entered the Danish . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Häxan: About the Music

By Gillian AndersonOctober 15, 2001

Häxan had its world premiere in Stockholm, on September 18, 1922. The score that accompanied . . . Read more »

Video


Photo Galleries

The Weird World of Häxan

October 25, 2012


Video


Photo Galleries

10 Directors On-screen

October 12, 2011


Film Essays

Häxan

By Chris FujiwaraOctober 15, 2001

Born in Denmark in 1879, Benjamin Christensen had a varied career before he entered the Danish . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Häxan: About the Music

By Gillian AndersonOctober 15, 2001

Häxan had its world premiere in Stockholm, on September 18, 1922. The score that accompanied . . . Read more »