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Release Date:
27 May 1929 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Benjamin Christensens stora film.
Plot:
Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Fascinating See more (73 total) »

Cast

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Maren Pedersen ... Heksen / The Witch

Clara Pontoppidan ... Nonne / Nun
Elith Pio ... Heksedommer / Witch Judge (The Young Monk)
Oscar Stribolt ... Graabroder / Doctor (The Fat Monk)
Tora Teje ... En hysterisk kvinde / Modern Hysteric (The Kelptomaniac)
John Andersen ... Chief Inquisitor (as Johs Andersen)
Benjamin Christensen ... Djævlen / The Devil
Poul Reumert ... Juveler / Jeweler
Karen Winther ... Anna
Kate Fabian ... Gammel jomfru / Old Maid
Else Vermehren ... Nonne / Nun
Astrid Holm ... Anna
Johannes Andersen ... Heksedommer / Witch Judge
Gerda Madsen ... Nonne / Nun

Aage Hertel ... Heksedommer / Witch Judge
Ib Schønberg ... Heksedommer / Witch Judge
Emmy Schønfeld ... Marie, the Seamstress (as Emmy Schönfeld)
Frederik Christensen ... Borger / Citizen (as Frederick Christensen)
Ella La Cour ... Troldkvinde / Magician (as Ella la Cour)
Elisabeth Christensen ... En ældre bondekone / Older Farm Lady (as Elizabeth Christensen)
Henry Seemann ... Borger / Citizen
Alice O'Fredericks ... Nonne / Nun
Knud Rassow ... Anatomen

William S. Burroughs ... Narrator (1968 re-release) (voice) (as William Burroughs)
Ellen Rassow ... En tjenestepige / Maid
Holst Jørgensen ... Ole Kighul
H.C. Nielsen ... Juveler assistent / Jeweler's Assistant
Albrecht Schmidt ... Nervelæge / Neurologist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karina Bell ... Nun (uncredited)
Karen Caspersen ... Unidentified (uncredited)
Holger Pedersen ... Unidentified (uncredited)

Directed by
Benjamin Christensen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Benjamin Christensen 

Original Music by
Matti Bye (restored version: 2006)
Launy Grøndahl 
Daniel Humair (1968)
Barði Jóhannsson (new score 2006) (as Bardi Johannsson)
Emil Reesen (1941)
Ludwig van Beethoven (original score 1922) (as Ludwig von Beethoven)
Art Zoyd (1997)
 
Cinematography by
Johan Ankerstjerne 
 
Film Editing by
Edla Hansen 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Louw 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Louw 
 
Art Department
L. Mathiesen .... art department assistant
Helge Norél .... art department assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rudolf Frederiksen .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Daniel Humair .... musician: percussion (1968 re-release)
Bernard Lubat .... musician: piano organ (1968 re-release)
Guy Pedersen .... musician: double bass (1968 re-release)
Jean-Luc Ponty .... musician: violin (1968 re-release)
Michel Portal .... musician: flute (1968 re-release)
Ludwig van Beethoven .... music: 1922 version
 
Other crew
Antony Balch .... re-release producer (1968 sound re-release)
Paul Brewer .... unspecified assistant (1968 release)
Norman Glass .... unspecified assistant (1968 re-release)
Alice O'Fredericks .... script girl
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages" - International (English title) (recut version), USA (recut version)
"The Witches" - USA (informal title)
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Runtime:
91 min | Sweden:87 min | USA:77 min (1968 re-release) | 104 min (DVD version) | Argentina:87 min | 122 min (original version)
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Color:
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:(Banned) (1923) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (1994) | UK:X (1968) | USA:Not Rated
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Trivia:
Although financed by Swedish backers, the film was shot entirely at Benjamin Christensen's old studio in Denmark.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The monk drains his wine glass. When he chases the maid round the table in the next shot it is half full.See more »
Quotes:
Lovelorn Woman:Karna, can you perchance get me a love potion that has power over a pious man of the church?
Karna - the Witch:Here, young maiden, take a potion of cat feces and dove hearts, boiled during the full moon. A drop of this in a man's drink will soften his heart at once.
Lovelorn Woman:Karna, can i have an even stronger potion?
Karna - the Witch:If the maiden wishes to drive the man out of his wits for love... I have a potion boiled in May from a young and playful male sparrow. Hold your coins, maiden! First smell my ointment! This ointment is good, should you wish to travel to Brocken one night. Secretly smear this ointment on and the pious monk might come directly to your chamber. You will then fly high up in the night air together and he will bestow upon you many hungry kisses.
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Featured in "Divine Magic" (1995)See more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating, 7 November 2002
Author: Space_Mafune from Newfoundland, Canada

This film gives us a thoughtful look at the horrifying potential of fear, ignorance and superstition. I have to say I admire the courage Benjamin Christensen showed in making this film which not only must have offended the sensibilities of the time for the obvious reasons but also because it dared to champion reason over superstition as a way of explaining things which we do not fully understand. This film resonates with its message that those who judged others unjust may not have been just themselves.

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