MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 9,230 this week

Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (1920)
"Blade af Satans bog" (original title)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 728 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 13 critic

After seeing D. W. Griffith's epic Intolerance, Denmark's greatest director, Carl Theodor Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr), was inspired to make his own four-episode historical ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Carl Th. Dreyer)

Writers:

(scenario by), (from a novel by), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 23 titles
created 21 Jul 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 21 Sep 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 06 Jul 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 06 Sep 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (1920)

Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (1920) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Leaves Out of the Book of Satan.

Videos

1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Stars: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley
Erotikon (1920)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

EROTIKON surely pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on the screen in 1920: Irene, the bored wife of a distracted entomologist, pursues a womanizing aviator, but she may actually be... See full summary »

Director: Mauritz Stiller
Stars: Anders de Wahl, Tora Teje, Karin Molander
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year, if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems--first, the widow is ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Stars: Hildur Carlberg, Einar Röd, Greta Almroth
Sumurun (1920)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The favorite slave girl of a tyrannical sheik falls in love with a cloth merchant. Meanwhile, a hunchback clown suffers unrequited love for a traveling dancer who wants to join the harem.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Ernst Lubitsch, Pola Negri, Paul Wegener
Tartuffe (1925)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Young man shows his millionaire grandfather a film based on Molière's Tartuffe, in order to expose the old man's hypocritical governess who covets his own inheritance.

Director: F.W. Murnau
Stars: Hermann Picha, Rosa Valetti, André Mattoni
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is used to playing a stupid practical joke in ... See full summary »

Director: Germaine Dulac
Stars: Germaine Dermoz, Alexandre Arquillière, Jean d'Yd
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Robert and Beth Gordon are married but share little. He runs into Sally at a cabaret and the Gordons are soon divorced. Just as he gets bored with Sally's superficiality, Beth strives to ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Thomas Meighan, Bebe Daniels
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Directors: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Jørgen Roos
Stars: Sven Ludvigsen
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

On the brink of war, Lt. van Hauen is summoned to take command of the cruiser, but due to unforeseen events, he is wrongfully convicted as a traitor.

Director: Benjamin Christensen
Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Karen Caspersen, Otto Reinwald
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Cashier in a bank in a small German town is alerted to the power of money by the visit of a rich Italian lady. He embezzles 60, 000 Marks and leaves for the capital city, where he ... See full summary »

Director: Karl Heinz Martin
Stars: Ernst Deutsch, Erna Morena, Roma Bahn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helge Nissen ...
Satan / The Grand Inquisitor / Erneste / Ivan
Halvard Hoff ...
Jesus (first sequence)
Jacob Texiere ...
Judas (first sequence) (as Jacob Texière)
Hallander Helleman ...
Don Gomez de Castro (second sequence)
Ebon Strandin ...
Isabel - Castro's Daughter (second sequence)
Johannes Meyer ...
Don Fernandez (second sequence)
Nalle Halden ...
The Majordomo (second sequence) (as Nalle Haldén)
Tenna Kraft ...
Marie Antoinette (third sequence) (as Tenna Frederiksen Kraft)
Viggo Wiehe ...
Count de Chambord (third sequence)
Emma Wiehe ...
The Countess of Chambord (third sequence)
Jeanne Tramcourt ...
Lady Genevive de Chambord (third sequence)
Hugo Bruun ...
Count Manuel (third sequence)
Elith Pio ...
Joseph (third sequence)
Emil Helsengreen ...
The People's Commissar (third sequence)
Viggo Lindstrøm ...
Old Pitou (third sequence)
Edit

Storyline

After seeing D. W. Griffith's epic Intolerance, Denmark's greatest director, Carl Theodor Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr), was inspired to make his own four-episode historical epic with each story told end to end, anthology-style, linked by theme to the others. The unifying character, Satan, attempts to win God's favor but is doomed to cheerless participation in dark episodes of human history: the temptation of Jesus, the Spanish Inquisition, the French Revolution and the Russo-Finnish war of 1918. Few directors resisted compromise and convention the way Dreyer did; fortunately, the Nordisk Film Company was artistically progressive by Hollywood standards and agreed that this should be a prestige film made to the highest standards. More than two years in production, Dreyer not only directed but also controlled every facet of this ambitious production. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

24 January 1921 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Leaves Out of the Book of Satan  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Grapevine Video DVD) | | (2004 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the first films in the world that dealt with the Finnish civil war in 1918. See more »

Connections

Edited into From Camille to Joan of Arc (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Finlandia Op.26
(1898) (uncredited)
Written by Jean Sibelius
Played in the 2004 alternate version score in the fourth sequence (set in Finland)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dreyer's third film is prosaic silent film making

This was Dryer's third film and while his second, THE PARSON'S WIDOW, is a finely wrought, wry comedy/drama with many of the trademarks of Dreyer's later visual and dramatic forms already evident, LEAVES FROM SATAN'S BOOK is rather a throw back to the old style of silent film making - emotional posturing rather than subtlety, rare use of close-ups, tableaux composition.

So many of Murnau's early films are like this as well, then suddenly a revelation and in 1924 THE LAST LAUGH revolutionizes film making. Dreyer's style in THE PARSON'S WIDOW and MICHAEL (not to mention his masterpiece, THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC) is singular and identifiable. However, not so in LEAVES. One wonders if he simply lost interest in it and directed it pedantically to get it out of the way.

It's a very long film - two hours and ten minutes in Grapevine Video's DVD release (as opposed to one hour, 50 minutes in original release and the TCM print running nine minutes shorter than Grapevine's - 121 minutes). It is divided into four sections, showing Satan coming to earth to tempt man - and always saddened by man's weak will, for every Satanic success means more years in Hell, while every resistant human soul wins a thousand years credit against Satan's sentence.

Section One involves Judas' betrayal of Christ (27 minutes); Section Two, set during the Spanish Inquisition relates a monk's lust for a young girl (26 minutes); Section Three - the longest at 46 minutes and the most interesting - is set during the French Revolution in 1793; and Section Four was set in Dreyer's contemporary time (1918)and involves Finland and the Russian invasion - 31 minutes.

Section One is a bore since we know the story. Sections Two and Four are mildly interesting, although we can see where they are heading. Quite the best and above all the others is section Three, where the levels of drama and script are multi-layered and where we really cannot predict how it is going to turn out.

For Dreyer fans, since he made so few films (only 9 silent features and 6 talking features, plus many short subjects), this is a must for the collection, but its interest is mainly historical, as it does not contribute significantly to the art of film.


17 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (1920) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?