Today’s scene that I love comes from the 1922 silent film, Haxan!
Haxan is a documentary, one that recreates the history of witchcraft throughout the ages. In this scene, the film examines the belief that the devil is everywhere. Apparently, the Devil has a lot of free time on his hands.
Directed by Benjamin Christensen, Haxan was a Swedish film that was released in its native country in 1922 but which took 7 years to make it over the United States. Though contemporary audiences were a bit confused by it, it was popular with the surrealists and it quickly became one of the first true cult movies. It was even re-released in 1967 with a narration provided by Beat writer William S. Burroughs.
Haxan, like many silent films, exists in many different forms. Needless to say, the censors were not kind when this film originally made its way over to the United States. It wasn’t until 2001 that Haxan was fully restored and released as a part of the Criterion Collection.