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- DescriptionBenjamin Christensen's Haxan (The Witch, 1922) stands as a singular film within the history of cinema. Deftly weaving contemporary scientific analysis and powerfully staged historical scenes of satanic initiation, confession under torture, possession, and persecution, Haxan creatively blends spectacle and argument to provoke a humanist re-evaluation of witchcraft in European history as well as the contemporary treatment of female hysterics and the mentally ill. In Realizing the Witch, Baxstrom and Meyers show how Haxan opens a window onto wider debates in the 1920s regarding the relationship of film to scientific evidence, the evolving study of religion from historical and anthropological perspectives, and the complex relations between popular culture, artistic expression, and concepts in medicine and psychology. Haxan is a film that travels along the winding path of art and science rather than between the narrow division of documentary and fiction. Baxstrom and Meyers reveal how Christensen's attempt to tame the irrationality of the witch risked validating the very nsense that such an effort sought to master and dispel. Haxan is a torious, genre-bending, excessive cinematic account of the witch in early modern Europe. Realizing the Witch t only illustrates the underrated importance of the film within the cans of classic cinema, it lays bare the relation of the invisible to that which we cant prove but nevertheless kw to be there.
- Author BiographyRichard Baxstrom is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Houses in Motion: The Experience of Place and the Problem of Belief in Urban Malaysia. Todd Meyers is Associate Professor of Anthropology at New York University-Shanghai. He is the author of The Clinic and Elsewhere: Addiction, Adolescents, and the Afterlife of Therapy.
- Author(s)Richard Baxstrom,Todd Meyers
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication02/11/2015
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Series TitleForms of Living
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Content Note64 black & white illustrations
- Weight590 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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