Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages


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icon black soundwaveThe Burroughs Century

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

  1. Saturday, February 8, 2014 9:30 p.m.
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

The Burroughs Century

Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious—instead it’s a witches’ brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous. Producer Antony Balch commissioned William S. Burroughs to provide narration of this 1968 version, with a soundtrack featuring Jean-Luc Ponty. (35mm)