Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (Blade af Satans bog)(Leaves from Satan's Book)
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Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (Blade af Satans bog)(Leaves from Satan's Book)
The Danish Leaves From Satan's Book (Blad af Satans Bog) was the "breakthrough" picture for filmmaker Carl Thedor Dreyer, who was elevated from a local talent to a director of international renown. The content of the film is implicit in the title: we are witness to the power of Evil through the ages, linked together by images of turning pages. In its multi-storied construction, the film is obviously beholden to D.W. Griffith's Intolerance (1916). Some of the vignettes, especially the Spanish Inquisition scenes, are both beautiful and repulsive; we marvel at Dreyer's… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is overdirected and, paradoxically, underdeveloped, but it does feature some marvelous, dazzling imagery by ace cinematographer George Schneevoight."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"An incalculable foundation of themes and images for Dreyer"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An ambitious study of evil through the ages."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews