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The Projection Booth:Häxan

Episode 242: Häxan

Special Guest: Robert Thurston

A look at the 1922 film by director Benjamin Christensen, Häxan, an odd artistic mash-up of what can only be described as a university slide show lecture, a documentary featuring reenactments, and a horror film. That’s what makes Häxan such a singular film over 90 years later.

Links:
Buy Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages on DVD
Buy The Witch Hunts: A History of the Witch Persecutions in Europe and North America by Robert Thurston
Buy the Mallus Malfacarum
Music:
“Season of the Witch” – Donovan
“Danse Macabre” – Camille Saint-Saëns

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About The Author
Mike White
Mike White
Often mistaken for the ginger screenwriter/actor of the same name, Mike White has been a frequent contributor to publications such as CinemaScope, Paracinema, Detroit’s Metro Times, and Detour-Mag.com. He’s served on juries at the Slamdance, Cinekink, MicroCineFest and Kansas City film festivals. Additionally, he’s been featured in the documentaries David Goodis: To a Pulp and The People Vs. George Lucas. In 2010, BearManor Media published Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection. A collection of film reviews, Cinema Detours, will be published in 2013.

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