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Title: Witchcraft Through The Ages
Film Description:Danish A documentary about the history of witchcraft, told in a variety of styles. One of the most bizarre, visually arresting movies of all time, even nearly 80 years later. In one scene we see witches concocting potions using the body parts of corpses from the gallows. One witch walks in carrying a bundle of sticks, and undoes the bundle revealing a decomposed human hand hidden inside. Director Benjamin Christensen appears as a leering, tongue-wagging Satan, with very realistic makeup. The witches are shown with the Devil and his minions performing various acts of sacrilege and perversion that must have been extremely shocking at the time the movie originally appeared, and would be offensive to many people still. The film was banned for many years because of the depiction of these acts (not to mention the occasional nudity), as well as sacrileges performed by nuns and monks. There are some stop-motion animation sequences (pre-Harryhousen, no less) that are very good, especially for the time.


Film Info
Footage Length:
74 min.
Year:
1922
Color/B&W:
Black & White
Sound:
Sound



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