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Silent cinema

Love’s Crucible

+ intro by BFI curator Bryony Dixon

Vem dömer

This little-known gem from 1922 features creepy monks, burning ‘witches’ and sumptuous renaissance settings.

Image from Love’s Crucible + intro by BFI curator Bryony Dixon

Sweden 1922
Dir Victor Sjöström
With Jenny Hasselqvist, Ivan Hedqvist, Gösta Ekman, Knut Lindroth
c87min
35mm
English subtitles
With live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne

A special treat for Halloween is Sjöström’s little-known gem, which supplies sumptuous renaissance settings, martial hatred, creepy monks peddling poison and a great ‘burn the witch’ moment. The reputation of this ‘Catholic noir’ has been based on years of people repeating indifferent contemporary reviews rather than a re-evaluation with an audience – here is your chance to be part of its rehabilitation.

See a panel discussion on women in silent comedy.


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