The Witch (Häxan) (1922)

dir. Benjamin Christensen. Delightfully strange and often amusing film about the history of Witchcraft in the middle ages, and how the church persecuted women – particularly women born with disabilities, or simply unlucky enough to catch the ire of a spiteful priest. The message of the film is dated by the connection of imagined witchcraft…… Continue reading The Witch (Häxan) (1922)

The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen) (1921)

dir. Victor Sjöström. A very spooky often disturbing Swedish silent film about a “drunkard” who is forced to examine his life after encountering the grim reaper. The story is told through flashbacks within flashbacks, as learn of his abusive relationships with his friends and family. The flashback technique would prove to be influential on the…… Continue reading The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen) (1921)