The American Dark Ages and the Terrorist Witch in Season of the Witch

Tom Vercruysse

Abstract


In this article we argue that Season of the Witch (Sena, 2011) is not to be analyzed according to its faithfulness to the known historical sources, but only by understanding medievalist codes, traditions and (filmic) intertextuality. When read from this perspective, Season of the Witch tried to create new meaning by combining a dominant interpretation of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, European traditions on representing medieval witchcraft, contemporary perspectives on the crusades and Susan Aronstein’s concept of “Hollywood Arthuriana”. However, as this demands a lot of medievalist capital to fully understand, Season of the Witch in the end may have lost its coherence for the audience.


Keywords


Season of the Witch; medieval film; The Seventh Seal; medieval witchcraft; the crusades; Hollywood Arthuriana

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/cinej.2013.70

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