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Joe Clark & Chad McCullough: HAXAN Soundtrack

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Joe Clark & Chad McCullough present a live soundtrack to accompany the Benjamin Christansen’s 1922 classic HÄXAN, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the film’s release, with a new score composed by Clark and McCullough featuring:

Joe Clark – conductor
Chad McCullough – trumpet
Jon Irabagon – sax
Dave Miller – guitar
Alvin Cobb Jr, – drums

Häxan (Swedish: [ˈhɛksan], “The Witch”; Danish: Heksen; English: The Witches; released in the US in 1968 as Witchcraft Through the Ages) is a 1922 silent horror essay film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. Consisting partly of documentary-style storytelling as well as dramatized narrative sequences, the film charts the historical roots and superstitions surrounding witchcraft, beginning in the Middle Ages through the 20th century. Based partly on Christensen’s own study of the Malleus Maleficarum, a 15th-century German guide for inquisitors, Häxan proposes that such witch hunts may have stemmed from misunderstandings of mental or neurological disorders, triggering mass hysteria.

Häxan is a Swedish film produced by AB Svensk Filmindustri, but shot in Denmark in 1920–1921. With Christensen’s meticulous recreation of medieval scenes and its lengthy production period, the film was the most expensive Scandinaviansilent film ever made, costing nearly two million Swedish kronor. Although it received some positive reception in Denmark and Sweden, censors in countries such as Germany, France, and the United States objected to what were considered at that time graphic depictions of torture, nudity, and sexual perversion, as well as anti-clericalism.
Joe Clark and Chad McCullough Present
Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 classic HÄXAN silent movie and a live soundtrack.

The silent movie Haxan will be projected to a big screen while the band plays along with the live soundtrack!


May 14
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Cafe Coda


Cafe Coda
1224 Williamson St
Madison, WI
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