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Genres: Drama
Actors: Elo Romancik , Vladimír Smeral , Sona Valentová , Josef Kemr , Lola Skrbková , Jirina Stepnicková , Marie Nademlejnská , Miriam Kantorková , Lubor Tokos , Blazena Holisová , Jaroslava Obermaierová , Jirí Holý , Rudolf Krátký , Cestmír Randa , Blanka Waleská
Director: Otakar Vávra
Country: Czechoslovakia
Year: 1970
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 (528 votes)

A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition).

Film Review

Inquisition film, from Czechoslovakia. You know the drill. Innocent women are unjustly accused of witchcraft and tortured by sadistic inquisitioners into admitting they committed acts at the command of Satan. Religious persecution and sadism towards imprisoned women, particularly those that won't cooperate. Boblig, the inquisitioner, is an obvious fraud who was "retired" and since granted power by Her Grace to "rid her castle of the Devil", he more than happily inhabits his former role, not in any hurry to return to a life as a poor innkeeper. When you have the finest clothes, sleeping quarters, and food, provided courtesy of Her Majesty, one can see why a cruel fiend(and his clerk) might not wish to scurry home to an insignificant existence.Before you know it, all the village women are fair game, with the men worrying that their beloved girls will be next on his checklist. When he's not fattening himself with beef or drinking himself into a near stooper,…

Arthur Miller may have written his knockout play The Crucible condemning witch hunts in 1952, but that doesn't mean the Czechs should be denied the opportunity to take a shot at capturing the subject matter. Coming from the other side of the Iron Curtain, Witches' Hammer achieves basically the same thing, highlighting the inherent injustice in torturing innocent people into confessing witchcraft, and then brutally executing them. What we have here is evil disguised as good, and when a priest points that out, he becomes a target in the hunt as well.The movie starts with a heavy indication of the misogyny found in witch trials. A man says woman is sin. This is juxtaposed against women bathing, and while you may call that gratuitous nudity, it is basically a contrasting view of women not as evil beings, but just women.After this, the movie simply shows us the process of witch trials, which the modern day audience will recognize as backwards. But were audiences also supposed to …

Possible Spoilers Within.I might be presuming too much about the intentions of the film makers, but given the time period of the films release, following the Prague Spring and the short-lived relaxation of the censors, this film is a clear condemnation of the Stalinist state, or at least of an autocratic regime. There are so many positive qualities to this film it is hard to comment fully on it. However, the film does depict the main inquisitioner as a man driven by avarice, greed and power. Connivingly, he used his power to usurp judicial and law-enforcing power from the town and tortured "witnesses" and "criminals" into submission, thereby being able to take their property from them as "payment" for the trials. Unfortunately, the film maker could have illustrated the pain of torture more, but he possibly might have had problems with the censors, even given the relaxation, or he might not have wanted to offend the viewer.Further, the total inaction by th…

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