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Witchhammer (1970)
"Kladivo na carodejnice" (original title)

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A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition).

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Vladimír Smeral ...
Boblig
Elo Romancik ...
Lautner
Josef Kemr ...
Ignác
Sona Valentová ...
Zuzana
Blanka Waleská ...
Countess de Galle
Lola Skrbková ...
Maryna
Jirina Stepnicková ...
Dorota Groerová
Marie Nademlejnská ...
Davidka
Miriam Kantorková ...
Tobiásová
Eduard Cupák ...
Parish Priest Schmidt
Martin Ruzek ...
Bishop
Cestmír Randa ...
Winkler
Ilja Prachar ...
Reeve
Gustav Opocenský ...
Secretary
Václav Lohniský ...
Monk
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A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition).

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Beautifully Excruciating
12 October 2012 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

I've seen many movies about the persecution of witches in medieval times, but this one rightly stands on top of that pile, surpassing even peer masterpieces "Mark of the Devil" and "Witchfinder General". The cinematography is gorgeous, the writing is smart and sophisticated, the performances are excellent, and the story itself is gut-wrenching and brutal. Rarely do horror films haunt my mind like this Czech production did. With its roots based in historical fact, the true evils of mankind certainly are much more diabolical than any conjured up monster or serial killer. It is quite an experience to watch a movie that is simultaneously, strikingly, so beautiful and yet so harrowing.


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