Witchcraft (1906)

aka The Village Witch, La jeteuse de sorts
Article 4275 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-27-2013
Director unknown
Cast unknown
Country: France
What it is: Melodrama

When a witch causes a peasant to fall in love with her, the other peasants, out of pity for the man’s fiancee, take vengeance on her.

This is one of those titles that ended up on my “ones that got away” list, and I’m glad it finally came to light. The plot is a little hazy from watching the short itself; if the title didn’t mention witches, one might mistake the woman in question for a common seductress. This is to say that the movie has no special effects that I could tell; it plays like a straight and fairly serious drama; the only macabre touch is a skeleton lying in the back of the witch’s house which is very easy to miss. And, at only four minutes of length, there’s no real way for the story to build up much of a head of steam, and there’s just not enough time to make the story interesting enough to merit more than a single watch.

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