freelance writer, editor, journalist
[This is an excerpt from my review originally posted at The Wild Hunt]
“A new independent fiction film exploring Witchcraft has hit the festival circuit. Anna Biller‘s latest film The Love Witch is a colorful feast of pathological obsession, violence, narcissism, love and Witchcraft. Filmed in 35mm, the film contains a remarkable retro flair combined with a contemporary sensibility. Through the film, Biller explores both modern themes, such as the expression of female fantasy and non-traditional religious practice, along with age-old struggles involving gender politics and romantic love.
In an interview, Biller told The Wild Hunt, ‘I can’t remember the exact moment I decided to make this film, but it initially came from getting interested in pulp novel covers and being struck by the images of witches on some of them.’
Her research began while shooting publicity stills for the film VIVA. Biller said, ‘The first real eureka moment I remember was being in a pulp novel bookstore in San Francisco several years ago, and picking up a 1970s pulp novel called For the Witch, a Stone. That novel sparked the beginnings of my script.’ ”
To read the entire review go to The Wild Hunt