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Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (Blade af Satans bog)(Leaves from Satan's Book) (1924)

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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 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Hugo Bruun
as Count Manuel
Nalle Halden
as The Majordomo
Hermansen
as Ailist
Tenna Kraft
as Marie Antoinette
Johannes Meyer
as Don Fernanaez
Elith Pio
as Joseph
Emma Wiehe
as Countess of Chambord
Viggo Wiehe
as Count de Chambord
Halvard Hoff
as Jesus Christ
Ebon Strandin
as Isabella
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Critic Reviews for Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (Blade af Satans bog)(Leaves from Satan's Book)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

The film is overdirected and, paradoxically, underdeveloped, but it does feature some marvelous, dazzling imagery by ace cinematographer George Schneevoight.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

An incalculable foundation of themes and images for Dreyer

February 14, 2010 | Full Review…

An ambitious study of evil through the ages.

July 28, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (Blade af Satans bog)(Leaves from Satan's Book)

Dreyer's third film, his cinematic breakthrough, is overlong, a bit prosaic and doesn't offer much in terms of narrative, but his stellar mise-en-scène and George Schnéevoigt's cinematography make every stunning shot worthy of being framed and put on a wall in any museum.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

This film does not live up to its sensational title, but Carl Theodor Dreyer ("The Passion of Joan of Arc") crafts an interesting look at Satanic temptation. Separated into four parts a la D.W. Griffith's "Intolerance," the film spans stories from Christ's time, the Spanish Inquisition, the French Revolution and Dreyer's own era. Satan (Helge Nissen, in his only screen role) is portrayed as a weary pawn of God who's ambivalent about his evil work but forced to carry on in hopes of shortening his banishment. In each tale, Satan adopts human form and conspires to tempt a virtuous person into betraying his or her peers. The fourth segment (set in Russia-occupied Finland) lacks universality and the sins of Judas have been depicted better countless times, but the middle sections fare better. In the second part, a priest weighs loyalties to the Church and his forbidden romantic love, while the third finds the fates of Marie Antoinette and a (fictional?) countess and daughter resting on the moral quandary of a well-meaning servant.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

½

I understood what this movie was wanting the audience to understand with just watching the first couple of stories, but then it just keeps going on and on telling more stories that are exactly the same, and you just get bored with it.

Aj V
Aj V

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