The figure of the witch has adorned our screens for decades but has anyone ever broke down the construction of the character?
This is the subject of the fascinating documentary Witches of Hollywood by Sophie Peyrard.
The director goes back to the 1930s and works forward looking at films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and The Wizard of Oz and explores their portrayal’s of the witch.
She also takes into account social climates, including historical events such as World War II, the rise of capitalism and even the Reagan era in America.
Peyrard meshes the social commentary and the film examples so well and paints a very layered picture of how witchcraft is perceived and how the roles of women have changed over the decades.
Does the idea of a powerful woman go against the ‘American Dream’?
My only complaint about Witches of Hollywood is that it simply left me wanting more. Witches of Hollywood Part 2, anyone?
Witches of Hollywood screened as part of the Soho Horror Film festival’s Shockdown Saturdays.