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Leaves From Satan's Book (1920)

Blade af Satans bog (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama | 24 January 1921 (Denmark)
In 4 episodic tales of human suffering; the temptation of Jesus, the Spanish Inquisition, the French Revolution and the Russo-Finnish war of 1918, Satan attempts to win God's favor.

Director:

Carl Theodor Dreyer (as Carl Th. Dreyer)

Writers:

Edgar Høyer (scenario by), Marie Corelli (from a novel by)
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Cast

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

Country:

Denmark

Release Date:

24 January 1921 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Leaves Out of the Book of Satan See more »

Filming Locations:

Kagerup, Denmark

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nordisk Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | | (2004 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Alternate Versions

In 2004, the Film Preservation Associates, Inc. copyrighted a version with a new piano music score by Philip Carli. It was produced for video by David Shepard and runs 121 minutes. 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)
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GOOD VS.EVIL !
22 September 2004 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Decided to view this film because I wanted to see what other countries in Europe were watching in their movie houses in 1921. The director, Carl Theodor Dreyer had a great talent and produced many interesting films through out his lifetime. This film showed how the devil down through the centuries was able to destroy peoples souls, including Judas in betraying Jesus to the Roman soldiers. There was a bargain that God had with the devil according to this story, where the devil would continue to remain on earth to fight for human souls and their destruction. All the actors performed with excellent skill for the Year 1921 and the fact that it was a silent film. It was very interesting to see the outdoor scenery in various countries and also observe the old furniture and customs.

In one scene in Finland, the family who had young infants, seemed to keep them in a closet with a cloth curtain as a door and hung in a cradle held by straps! If you get a chance to view this film, it is really worth the time.


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