Oct. 31, 2018

Not-So-Silent Cinema presents "Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages"


Join us for this special Halloween screening of Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages, the 1922 Swedish horror-documentary masterpiece exploring witchcraft, demonology, Satanism, and the persecution of women in the Middle Ages.

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Häxan uses a series of vividly depicted vignettes of demonic possession, sexual perversion, and a satanic Sabbath to elucidate connections between medieval witch hunts and fin-de-siècle diagnoses of female hysteria. The film will be paired with a brief introductory lecture by James Serpell on the different depictions of witches and witchcraft in medieval and early modern Europe, and the origins of the so-called 'witch hunts’.

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Mütter Museum admission is included in the ticket price and the museum will be open from 5:30-6:30, as well as a cash bar and complimentary pretzels upstairs. The lecture and film screening will begin promptly at 6:45 and no one will be admitted past that point. Costumes are highly encouraged!

James Serpell is the Marie A. Moore Professor of Animal Ethics & Welfare at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. A major focus of his work is the history of human-animal interactions, including a study of the extraordinary roles and representations of animals in European witchcraft. Dr. Serpell has published more than 180 articles and book chapters on these and related topics, and he is the author, editor or co-editor of several books including Animals & Human Society (1994), In the Company of Animals (1996), Companion Animals & Us (2000), and The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior & Interactions with People (2017).

Not-So-Silent Cinema is the project of Philadelphia composer Brendan Cooney. Cooney pulls together different groups for each of his film projects, creating diverse mash-ups of musical personalities from different music scenes to create lively new platforms for interaction and creativity. His scores are tightly composed, time-coded and thematic but also have plenty of room for improvisation and interaction between players.

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Tickets are transferable, but not refundable.


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