TORONTO'S CELEBRATED ONGOING EXPLORATION OF SILENT CINEMA!
HÄXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES (1922)
Sunday, October 23 at 4:15 pm. 87 mins.
“It is in reality a pictorial history of black magic, of witches, of the Inquisition, and the thousand and one inhumanities of the superstition-ridden Middle Ages. Many of its scenes are unadulterated horror.” – Variety review Dec. 1921
About the Film
Break out your broomstick and scrub that cauldron because Silent Revue is back with the perfect Halloween treat—the Scandinavian horror masterpiece HÄXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES! The first film in our new season, Deadly Dames of the Silent Screen, HÄXAN is a witch’s brew of sorcery, spells and devil-worship. With its frank depiction of violence, nudity, and sexual perversion, the film was banned in the US upon its release. Visually stunning and masterfully directed by the Danish Benjamin Christensen (who also, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, plays the unforgettable role of the devil in the film), HÄXAN is considered a key horror text – one that heavily influenced future horror films, including THE EXORCIST among others.
A hallucinatory blend of fiction, documentary and animation, it’s truly one of a kind. A film, as historian Chris Fujiwara points out, that we’ve all heard of, but few have truly seen. What better way to mark All Hallows’ Eve?
Live piano accompaniment by Jordan Klapman.
About the Curator
A curator and educator dedicated to promoting and advocating for the preservation of the moving image, Alicia Fletcher teaches in Ryerson University's Film and Photographic Preservation and Collections Management Masters program. She curates and hosts Silent Revue--Toronto's on-going examination of silent film held at the historic Revue Cinema--as well as Ladies of Burlesque at the Royal, which pairs classic Hollywood films with live burlesque performances. Her film criticism appears regularly Cinema Scope Magazine.