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Brittany Stigler

BRITTANY STIGLER is a New York City-based writer and short film curator for REEL 13.

Girl’s Best Friend: Alexander Chee and The Earrings of Madame de...

A rich history of mythology surrounds jewelry. With wear, a piece often comes to signify events—escape from debt, a lover’s 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.”

Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits

In Anna Rose Holmer’s directorial début, The Fits, the maturing female body is the site of illness. I

Love and Magic:
Anna Biller’s The Love Witch

“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.


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