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BURROUGHS, WILLIAM S. - Hxan: Witchcraft through the Ages

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Sotpackan sp0067
Release Year: 2014
Note: recording from 1968 feat. BURROUGHS as narrator with his uncomparable voice for this 'dark humorous' silent cult film from 1922 - the avant-jazz soundtrack in between is from: DANIEL HUMAIR (percussion), BERNARD LUBAT (piano organ), GUY PEDERSON (double bass), JEAN-LUC PONTY (violin), and MICHEL PORTAL (sax, flute) => 'Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath'; 76 min.
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"The cult 1922 silent film, with 1968 narration by beat poet William S. Burroughs. Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen's legendary 1922 film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious; instead it's a witches' brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous. In 1968, an abbreviated version of the film (77 minutes) was released. This version features an eclectic jazz score by Daniel Humair (played by a quintet including Jean-Luc Ponty on violin and Daniel Humair on percussion) and dramatic narration by William S. Burroughs. The artwork features great stills from the film. Daniel Humair, percussion. Bernard Lubat, piano organ. Guy Pedersen, double bass. Jean-Luc Ponty, violin. Michel Portal, sax, flute." [label info]