EFC II #207 – Häxan (1922)

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#207 – Häxan (1922)
Dir. Benjamin Christensen
Starring: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Astrid Holm, Karen Winther, Maren Pedersen, Ella La Cour, Emmy Schønfeld, Kate Fabian, Oscar Stribolt, Clara Pontoppidan, Elith Pio

The two hundred and seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Benjamin Christensen’s ambitious and genre bending horror-documentary, Häxan or Witchcraft Through the Ages.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s not great and was even a bit of a slog to get through, but this early silent film that blends horror and documentary is an admirably ambitious piece, with unforgettable imagery.

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EFC II #177 – The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922)

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#177 – The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922)
Dir. Germaine Dulac
Starring: Germaine Dermoz, Alexandre Arquillière, Jean d’Yd, Madeleine Guitty

The one hundred and seventy-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Germaine Dulac’s impressionistic silent short, The Smiling Madame Beudet.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I think it’s worth looking at, a great short story that’s told through impressionistic imagery very effectively.

EFC II #93 – Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922)

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#93 – Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror {Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens} (1922)
Dir. F. W. Murnau
Starring: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroder, Georg H. Schnell, Ruth Landschoff, John Gottowt, Gustav Borz

The ninety-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Christopher Lee’s first time stepping the shoes of the legendary character that would define his career as much as it did Bela Lugosi, Hammer Horror’s version of: Dracula.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a horror classic and an incredibly well put together film for its time, even if I find it a little hard to be engaged with completely.

EFC II #61 – Nanook of the North (1922)

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#61 – Nanook of the North (1922)
Dir. Robert J. Flaherty
Starring: Nanook, Nyla, Cunayou, Allee, Allegoo

The sixty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Robert J. Flaherty’s legendary documentary film focusing on a family of Inuits in the Canadian arctic, Nanook of the North.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s an incredible piece of early documentary fimmaking that’s a little rough around the edges, but captures something special. Not for animal lovers though.

EFC II #5 – Dr. Mabuse the Gambler {Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler} (1922)

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#5 – Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922)
Dir. Fritz Lang
Starring: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Aud Egede-Nissen, Paul Richter, Bernhard Goetzke, Gertrude Welcker

The fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Fritz Lang’s four plus hour silent crime epic, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler.

Recorded in February 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, as far as silent epics go, there are far better out there, though I still love this film.