‘Witchcraft is Just a Way of Concentrating Energy': An Interview with Anna Biller

Marshall, Kingsley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2518-7305 (2021) ‘Witchcraft is Just a Way of Concentrating Energy': An Interview with Anna Biller. MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture Journal, 7. ISSN 2003-167x

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Abstract / Summary

In 2016 Anna Biller’s second feature film introduced audiences to Elaine Parks; The Love Witch of the title who has recently lost her husband and is embarking on a new life in the Californian town of Arcata. This unforgettable movie situated an explicit critique of patriarchy in an alternate universe where witchcraft formed a grudgingly accepted part of American life. Though seemingly set in the present, Biller’s meticulously constructed world cut vintage and contemporary costume and design with presentational performance and filmmaking techniques (and the occasional Ennio Morricone music cue) that drew upon a history of cinema ranging from 1960s Technicolor melodrama to Italian genre movies of the 1970s. With Biller’s third feature Bluebeard delayed by the pandemic, she met with staff and students at Falmouth University’s Sound/Image Cinema Lab in a conversation that took in her introduction to cinema and film education, her writing process, and approaches to collaboration. More of Biller’s work can be found at www.lifeofastar.com.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: folk, horror, witchcraft, filmmaking, anna, biller, directing, the, love, witch, viva, horror
ISSN: 2003-167x
Subjects: Film & TV > Film > Hollywood Film
Film & TV > Film > International Film
Courses by Department: The School of Film & Television > Film
Depositing User: Kingsley Marshall
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2021 14:30
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:21
URI: https://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/4308


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