Leaves from Satan's Book

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Leaves from Satan's Book
Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Written by Marie Corelli
Edgar Høyer
Carl Theodor Dreyer
Starring Helge Nissen
Cinematography George Schnéevoigt
Release date
  • 24 January 1921 (1921-01-24)
Running time
167 minutes
Country Denmark
Language Silent

Leaves from Satan's Book, also known as Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (Danish: Blade af Satans bog), is a 1921 Danish drama film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and starring Helge Nissen.[1]


Satan has been cast out from hell and banished to Earth under decree of heaven. He can return, only through a series of temptations. However, for every soul who gives in to his tempting, one hundred years are added to his sentence. For every soul who resists, one thousand years are removed from his sentence. The film follows Satan throughout much of recorded history.

In the film, God says to Satan, "But know thee that for each man yielding to thy temptation the doom upon thee shalt be prolonged by one hundred years, but for each one resisting thee, thou shalt be relieved of 1000 years of thy judgment. Get thee away and continue thy evil doings."



  1. ^ Kehr, Dave. "New York Times: Leaves from Satan's Book". NY Times. Retrieved 24 August 2008. 

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