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Anna Biller’s ‘The Love Witch’ casts a spell at Cinefamily

Anna Biller’s ‘The Love Witch’ casts a spell at Cinefamily

What Todd Haynes did for 1950s melodramas in “Far From Heaven,” the multitalented filmmaker Anna Biller does for ’60s horror-thrillers in “The Love Witch”: She channels the spirit of those oft-derided old movies with an aesthetic so lovingly detailed, the result feels less like a feat of genre mimicry, or parody, than an act of artistic possession. 

Starring the superb Samantha Robinson as a black-widow enchantress, testing out her charms on one hapless, unsuspecting man after another, “The Love Witch” is a work of endless surface pleasures. The multitalented Biller (“Viva”) served as writer, director, producer and composer, and also stitched together the film’s sets and...

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