BRITTANY STIGLER is a New York City-based writer and short film curator for REEL 13.
A rich history of mythology surrounds jewelry. With wear, a piece often comes to signify eventsescape from debt, a lovers last embrace. Personal history accumulates. Value shifts. Such a conversion occurs in The Earrings of Madame de... as the unwanted-turned-indispensable diamond earrings pass from scene to scene, gathering, as novelist Alexander Chee suggested recently, a talismanic, magic quality.
“All witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which in women is insatiable.” So reads the 1486 treatise Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hammer), also known as the witch-hunt manual that perpetuated the image of the witch as a phallus-stealing, sexually perverse puppet of Satan.
In Anna Rose Holmer’s directorial début, The Fits, the maturing female body is the site of illness. I