Leaves from Satan's Book

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The Danish Leaves From Satan's Book Blad af Satans Bog was the "breakthrough" picture for filmmaker Carl Thedor Dreyer, who was elevated from a local talent to a director of international renown. The content of the film is implicit in the title: we are witness to the power of Evil through the ages, linked together by images of turning pages. In its multi-storied construction, the film is obviously beholden to D.W. Griffith's Intolerance 1916. Some of the vignettes, especially the Spanish Inquisition scenes, are ...
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Overview

The Danish Leaves From Satan's Book Blad af Satans Bog was the "breakthrough" picture for filmmaker Carl Thedor Dreyer, who was elevated from a local talent to a director of international renown. The content of the film is implicit in the title: we are witness to the power of Evil through the ages, linked together by images of turning pages. In its multi-storied construction, the film is obviously beholden to D.W. Griffith's Intolerance 1916. Some of the vignettes, especially the Spanish Inquisition scenes, are both beautiful and repulsive; we marvel at Dreyer's brilliant visual sense, even as we have the impulse to avert our eyes. Though a worldwide success, Leaves From Satan's Book cost too much to suit the tastes of the parsimonious Danish film industry, compelling Dreyer to work in other countries throughout most of the silent era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2012
  • UPC: 842614100666
  • Original Release: 1919
  • Source: Grapevine Video
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,140

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugo Bruun Count Manuel
Nalle Halden The Majordomo
Erling Hansson John
Hallander Hellemann Don Gomez
Hermansen Ailist
Halvard Hoff Jesus Christ
Tenna Kraft Marie Antoinette
Johannes Meyer Don Fernanaez
Helge Nissen Satan
Elith Pio Joseph
Clara Pontoppidan Siri
Ebon Strandin Isabella
Jacob Texiere Judas
Jeanne Tramcourt Genevieve
Emma Wiehe Countess of Chambord
Viggo Wiehe Count de Chambord
Technical Credits
Carl Theodor Dreyer Director, Screenwriter
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