Shoot / Leaves from Satan's Book

Leaves from Satan’s Book was shot from 19 March to 28 August 1919. The fourth and final episode was shot first.

According to an interview with Carlo Wieth before the film’s premiere, the Finland episode was shot at Kagerup station in Grib Forest, Denmark. This is confirmed by an article of 5 April 1919 in the Frederiksborg Amts Avis newspaper, more precisely identifying the location as Kildeport Holdeplads. A set representing the station house was constructed at a cost of 9,000 kroner. The first episode with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane was apparently shot in or around Aalsgaarde. The actors lodged at Aalsgaarde Badehotel (cf. Dagens Ekko, 8 Sept. 1919).

A final cut of the film was ready on 3 Oct. 1919 and was screened to Edgar Høyer and the cast at Frihavnen(Nordisk's lab facilities).

The total budget for the film was 150,000 kroner. According to a letter of 23 March 1919 to Wilhelm Stæhr, technical director at Nordisk Film, Dreyer tried to get Nordisk to finance his ambitions for the film to the tune of an additional 80,000-100,000 kroner, but studio head Ole Olsen emphatically declined.

By Lisbeth Richter Larsen | 03 June 2010