Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922) Director: Benjamin Christiansen Haxan is an odd Danish-Swedish film. Part-documentary and part-horror themed, this silent film is considered one of the creepiest horror films of the silent era - along with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or Nosferatu. It was censored and/or banned in Western Europe, but was celebrated in the … Continue reading Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

The Lack of Hamartia in Euripides’s Heracles

Euripides's much overlooked play, Heracles, begins in a familiar way, and ends in an unexpectedly gruesome fashion. It tells the tale of Heracles's family - his wife Megara, his children, and his father Amphityron - as they are imprisoned by the tyrant, Lycus, who has unlawfully claimed the throne of Thebes. Heracles is away, completing his … Continue reading The Lack of Hamartia in Euripides’s Heracles

Sabotage

Sabotage Director: Alfred Hitchcock (1936) In later years, Alfred Hitchcock, when interviewed by Francois Truffaut, admitted regret for the film Sabotage and its downfalls. While it is not necessarily a major achievement, Sabotage is nevertheless an excellent thriller filled with all the genius and markings of an early Hitchcock piece. Today, it is still featured on lists among the … Continue reading Sabotage

Euripides’s Opinion of Odysseus: The Cyclops Considered

We moderns know relatively little about the true meaning of an ancient satyr play, however in Euripides's Cyclops we gain a humorous glimpse into the Bacchic drunkenness and unrepentant sexuality that is essential to the satyr play. In fifth century Athens, a satyr play was the fourth and final part of a tetra-logy of plays, the … Continue reading Euripides’s Opinion of Odysseus: The Cyclops Considered