The Witch is Back!
Suspiria was one of the most acclaimed horror movies in the late ‘70s. The movie will be shown again at the Festival del film Locarno on August 9th. Here it is a small, beloved list of witch characters that, in their own way, wrote history of cinema as much as Dario Argento’s masterpiece:
The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971)
The darkest movie by Roman Polanski – the first realized after his wife Sharon Tate was murdered – shows the unbearable strength of fate through the three witches’ premonition. The boundary between horror and drama in this opera is so subtle that it’s sometimes impossible to separate reality from dream. In this case, from bloody nightmare.
The Witches (1990)
One of the most iconoclast British authors, Nicolas Roeg, mixed the innocence of Roald Dahl’s book with his personal vision. The result is a movie totally capable of charm the audience and scare them to death a few seconds later. Anjelica Huston is simply astonishing as protagonist, The Grand High Witch.
The Crucible (1996)
Based on Arthur Miller’s famous play, this drama is a powerful metaphor about social manipulation and paranoia. The myth of the witch is in fact used in order to gain power and destroy opponents. The movie by Nicholas Hytner has one of the most talented cast ever assembled: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield and Joan Allen, Academy Award nominated as best supporting actress. An intense drama worth to be discovered again.
Into the Woods (2004)
The reason this movie is in in our list is pretty simple: Meryl Streep. The best American actress plays with all her charisma a witch figure impossible to forget, human and believable when dealing with her maternal feelings. Meryl shows the audience she’s also an amazing singer, performing with all the elegance and passion she is capable of. Long live Witch Meryl!
The Witch (2016)
This small, independent period movie is the scariest one seen in ages, because it deals with a teenager’s fragile psyche using the genre rules at their best. Echoes from Repulsion (again Polanski…) in a dark tale about isolation, social and religious cages. Behind the scary surface a movie taking about our contemporary: a terrific vision of cinema and its power. The movie is produced by Rodrigo Teixeira, juror at Locarno69 for the Concorso internazionale.Adriano Ercolani