Season of the Witch (1973) **
D: George A. Romero
C: Jan White, Ray Laine, Ann Muffly, Joedda McClain, Bill Thunhurst, Virginia Greenwald, Neil Fisher, Esther Lapidus, Dan Mallinger, Daryl Montgomery
P: A bored housewife takes up with the local neighborhood witch, but fears she may have overstepped her bounds by using spells for reckless purposes.
As commentary on the feminist movement, Season of the Witch works. As a character piece, Season of the Witch also works on that regard, because the film really gets to the heart of the main character- who she is, what she is all about. However, as entertainment, Season of the Witch isn't so successful. Sure, the film does have interesting moments where characters debate over certain ideas & notions. Some of the dream & hallucinogenic sequences are effective, but, overall, the pacing is so slow and so leisurely, that it often feels like the movie is heading nowhere, ten miles per hour at that.
What a shame that is too! Season of the Witch obviously had something to say. It just never finds that balance between being actual entertainment, art and commentary. It has a habit of rambling on and on and on and, in the process, it loses its impact. [R] 89 mins.
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