"To-night the witches will ride, will ride,
Each on her broomstick astride, astride,
Silent and swift in their mystic flight
Upward they’ll go in the cold, black night.
And the wind will sob, and shriek, and moan,
The great trees shudder, and shake, and groan.
The moon will hide in the murky sky,
In the forest dark the bats will fly.
And owls will hoot, and wolves will howl
And green-eyed cats in the shadows prowl.
To-night the witches will ride, will ride,
Each on her broomstick, astride, astride."
Source: Essentials of English (1921)
Clip from Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
Haxan witchcraft through the ages is a Scandinavian docudrama made in 1922 the film opens with a slide show and text cards ( this is a silent film so be ready to read a lot ) . after the slide show we get the closest thing the film has to a narrative reenactments of a witch trial a witches sabbath with dancing demons and other assorted strange things its a wonderful and at times creepy movie a true classic #haxanwitchcraftthroughtheages#haxan#classicfilm#moviegeek#silentfilm
Häxan (Witchcraft Through the Ages) - 1922 brought us this silent, Swedish/Danish documentary about superstition, witchcraft, and Satanism. Part informational and also part fiction (with entertaining vignettes), this horror/documentary sets out to explain the "Malleus Maleficarum" - so most of the imagery is medieval in nature. With nudity, sexuality, scenes of torture, the devil, demons, depictions of hell, witches flying through the air, and whatnot - this film was considered very mature for its age. Although the film's facts aren't necessarily the most historically accurate, it does stay true to the source material. I'd highly recommend checking this horror-docu out if you're into witches, witchcraft, witch trials, the occult, Satanism, medieval imagery, Halloween, or pretty much the horror genre in general. It is silent and black&white; but is accompanied with music (I have the orchestra version and smooth jazz version too 😂) Check out "Häxan" and chat with me when you have - I'd love to talk about it with you. #horror#horrormovie#horrormovies#horrorfilm#horrorfan#häxan#haxan#häxanwitchcraftthroughtheages#haxanwitchcraftthroughtheages#häxan1922
One of the most beautiful silent films ever made, Danish filmmaker Benjamin Christensen’s ‘Häxan’ (1922). It was shortened and released as ‘Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages’ in 1968. This version was narrated by William S. Burroughs. #haxan#haxanwitchcraftthroughtheages
"Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages"(1922), directed by Benjamin Christensen:
A hybrid of documentary and terrifying vignettes, this silent film explores the history of witchcraft, demonology and satanism. The vignettes accurately depict the superstitions and beliefs of the time surrounding witchcraft. They include a masterful depiction of Satan, played by Christensen himself, throughout the film. It's representation of witchcraft ends with Christensen's theory that mental illnesses may have been what plagued many of the women criminalized during the notorious witch-hunts and that, in today's society, such illnesses would be met with the desire to cure as opposed to persecution fueled by sheer ignorance.
Although it won acclaim in Denmark and Sweden, the film was banned in the U.S. and heavily censored in other countries for what were considered at that time to be graphic scenes of torture, nudity and sexual perversion.
Shocking and highly controversial at the time of its release, HÄXAN (1922) has since garnered status as an essential silent film, a strange concoction of documentary, fiction and animation unlike anything of its time, or anything since. While the notion of black magic remained a sensitive topic in the 20's - a dark cloud of paranoia, fear and violence that lingered from the cruel witch trials of the past - HÄXAN (the Swedish word for Witch) can now be viewed as a sensible and fascinating historical study of witchcraft with remarkably eerie, fable-like aesthetics. - CO