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Directed by Anna Biller

United States 2016 120 mins. In English

Shot on 35mm film, Anna Biller’s vivid tribute to ’60s Technicolor thrillers explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism. Elaine, a beautiful young witch, lives in a gothic Victorian apartment where she makes spells and potions for seducing men, leaving a string of hapless victims in her wake. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved drives her to the brink of insanity and murder. “A metaphysical astonishment. The costumes and furnishings, Biller’s own handmade versions of the era’s candy-coated extravagances, are as exquisitely arch and theatrical as the performances and the action, which—for all their comic exaggeration—echo with an uncanny symbolic power.”Richard Brody, The New Yorker. “Stiletto-sharp and as precise as a stocking seam … cult status surely awaits this bewitching oddity.”—Wendy Ide, The Guardian.



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