With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.
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Zulawski’s cult classic and one of my all-time favorite movies. Isabelle Adjani’s tour-de-force performance is nothing short of glorious. The new Mondo Vision uncut digital transfer Blu-ray approved by Zulawski himself is well worth getting your hands on.
Hands down one of the greatest motion pictures ever captioned on celluloid and one of Marcello Mastroianni’s finest moments. I love how Fellini uses high contrast lighting and camera movement in this one. Endlessly fascinating and surreal, but definitely not for everyone.
Zulawski on casting Petry:
She [Petry] never acted before. I found her in a cafe; I saw every possible young actress in Poland in order to cast the film, and I was so really nervous and then happy to the point of saying “I won’t do the film” because they are trained young actresses in an obvious way; “I’m an actress, I can act” Yeah! You can act, but I don’t want to look at you acting, that’s the problem. She was a student at the University, extremely poor and she just entered into a café and she had these red hands because it was cold, and I was with the producer and I said “this is her”. He said “are you mad?”, and we… she… did it.
Soundtrack supplied by the legendary Polish composer and frequent Zulawski collaborator Andrzej Korzynski.
NORIBUMI SUZUKI 1974