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Haxan (1922)

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Commentary 1: Danish silent film expert Casper Tybjerg Rating:7.8/10 (9 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by criterion_hunter on October 23rd, 2006:Find all reviews by criterion_hunter
The commentary by Danish film scholar Casper Tybjerg is THE reason to buy this DVD aside from Criterion’s loving transfer. Remember that like any release from the Criterion Collection, the audio lecture track is neatly organized to create a cohesive whole. You can access certain conversations through an index but I highly recommend listening to the entire thing. Tybjerg has such a commanding voice, but his Danish accent is not distracting. Every single word is audible. He gives us just as much background on the making of the film as he does the author, Benjamin Christensen. We learn how this unique picture came about, the controversies that erupted, who thought the film should have been condemned and who admired it, and what became of this lesser known visionary after he completed his magnum opus. Christensen’s other films are mentioned, too such as “The Mysterious X” and “Night of Vengeance” and believe me, they are worth seeing. I did not know that he worked in Hollywood for a time. The production is described as if Tybjerg were there, with secrets behind the visual effects, the cast, and the many sources behind the film’s imagery and ideas. Not to be missed, this is the prototype for the “scholarly commentary” genre. I hope this man and others like him do more of these. This is what the audio commentary set out to do!