(out of series) Blade af Satans bog (my tv)

Dryer adapts a  Marie Correlli novel for his version of Intolerance but with serial historical episodes instead of alternating montage. Dryer cast extras from the regions depicted as well as working out his austerity of means by returning to style closer to that of 1916 than 1921, except that he already inserted a large number of close ups to generate an exteriorized form of subjectivity. Some scenes already foreshadow The Passion Of Joan Of Arc

by almost avoiding long shots all together. 

Blade af Satans bog is often cited as an influence on Pasolini’s Il vangelo secondo Matteo,

but, needless to say, the stories about the devil in the French Revolution and the Winter War in Finland take the side of counter-revolution.

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