Witchcraft Through the Ages

Film, Documentaries
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A weird and rather wonderful brew of fiction, documentary and animation based on 15th and 16th century witchcraft trials, Christensen's film has a remarkable visual flair that takes in Bosch, Breughel and Goya (no wonder it was a particular favourite of the Surrealists). The director himself plays Satan, seducing a woman while she is in bed with her husband; another episode follows an accused witch through the tortures of the Inquisition. The film is now most commonly seen in a sound version, running 76 minutes, made in 1967 with a commentary by William Burroughs; a later restoration with tinted sequences is far preferable.

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Release details

Duration: 6 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Benjamin Christensen
Screenwriter: Benjamin Christensen
Cast: Maren Pedersen
Clara Pontoppidan
Tora Teje
Benjamin Christensen
Oscar Stribolt
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