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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in Eastern Europe.

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Maren Pedersen ...
Heksen / The Witch
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Nonne / Nun
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Heksedommer / Witch Judge (The Young Monk)
Oscar Stribolt ...
Graabroder / Doctor (The Fat Monk)
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En hysterisk kvinde / Modern Hysteric (The Kelptomaniac)
John Andersen ...
Chief Inquisitor (as Johs Andersen)
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Djævlen / The Devil
Poul Reumert ...
Juveler / Jeweler
Karen Winther ...
Anna's Sister
Kate Fabian ...
Gammel jomfru / Old Maid
Else Vermehren ...
Nonne / Nun
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Anna
Johannes Andersen ...
Heksedommer / Witch Judge
Gerda Madsen ...
Nonne / Nun
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Heksedommer / Witch Judge
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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)
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Borger / Citizen
Alice O'Fredericks ...
Nonne / Nun
Knud Rassow ...
Anatomen
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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
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Nun (uncredited)
Karen Caspersen ...
Unidentified (uncredited)
Holger Pedersen ...
Unidentified (uncredited)

Directed by

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Benjamin Christensen

Written by

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Benjamin Christensen ... ()

Music by

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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

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Johan Ankerstjerne

Film Editing by

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Edla Hansen

Art Direction by

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Richard Louw

Set Decoration by

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Richard Louw

Art Department

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L. Mathiesen ... art department assistant
Helge Norél ... art department assistant

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rudolf Frederiksen ... assistant camera

Music Department

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Daniel Humair ... musician: percussion
Bernard Lubat ... musician: piano organ
Guy Pedersen ... musician: double bass
Jean-Luc Ponty ... musician: violin
Michel Portal ... musician: flute
Ludwig van Beethoven ... music: 1922 version

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Alice O'Fredericks ... script girl

Additional Crew

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Antony Balch ... re-release producer
Paul Brewer ... unspecified assistant (1968 release)
Norman Glass ... unspecified assistant

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Jeffrey Prawdiuk-Spurr ... special thanks: esoteric cut

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Plot Summary

Part history lesson followed by re-enactments with actors, this film depicts the history of witchcraft from its earliest days through to the present day (in this case,1922 or thereabouts). The result is a documentary-like film that must be among the first to use re-enactments as a visual and narrative tool. From pagan worship to satanic rites to hysteria, the film takes you on a journey through the ages with highly effective visual sequences. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines Benjamin Christensens stora film. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Heksen (Denmark)
  • Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (World-wide, English title)
  • Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (United States)
  • Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (India, English title)
  • The Witches (United States)
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  • 91 min
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Budget SEK2,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The Swedish film censors required numerous cuts in the film, before authorizing its release. Among the censored scenes were the closeup of the finger being removed from the hanged man's hand, the trampling of the cross in the witch's sabbath scene, the shot of the oozing infant held over a cooking pot, a closeup of a woman's face while she is on a torture rack, closeups of several instruments of torture being employed, and a shot of a demon embracing a nude woman (all these shots have since been restored to the film). See more »
Goofs The monk drains his wine glass. When he chases the maid round the table in the next shot it is half full. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into From Camille to Joan of Arc (1961). See more »
Crazy Credits Director Benjamin Christensen personally thanks his cinematographer and art director through the opening titles. See more »
Quotes Title Card: Poor little hysterical witch! In the middle ages you were in conflict with the church. Now it is with the law.
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