Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder.
With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the 1960s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.
Cinematographer M. David Mullen, a college friend of director Anna Biller, employed the use of hard lighting to capture the feel of classic studio-era Hollywood. Hard light is a focused, bright light, which usually comes from a single source, and casts harsh shadows. Shot on 35mm, THE LOVE WITCH is one of the last films to be cut from an original camera negative, meaning the images you see on screen are the highest-quality version of the original image. This is reflected in the sharp images and rich colour pallette throughout the film.
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