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Costume Party is a monthly column exploring fashion, personal style, and historical aesthetics in film. Witches, sometimes seductive, sometimes scary, have long been an intriguing onscreen force. BAM’s “Witch’s Brew” series, running through the end of this month, pays tribute to some of cinema’s most memorable witches. The series presents witches from a variety of decades, at a variety of ages, using their powers in any number of ways (often for love, but also, often,...
Born in Flames (1983) Directed by Lizzie Borden A fraught and fervent invocation of direct action in a almost-sci-fi New York, Borden’s vicious debut charts the interpersonal and political turmoil of several groups of radical feminists. Come for a young Katherine Bigelow as a yuppie eager to push respectability politics, stick around as those politics lead to fragmentation along lines of race and class, as pirate media and corporate media become the staging ground for ideological...
There's nothing as enthralling, but misunderstood—and even feared—as the occult, specifically witchcraft. Images of black cats crossing your path or wicked women in pointed black hats and boils stalking the woods for children, and the urge to re-watch The Craft and Hocus Pocus seasonally emerge come October, but for the people for whom witchcraft is not just a mere 31 days of fetishization, immersion into the occult and mysticism is actually a way of navigating the spaces around them...

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