Part of Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell’s Witchcraft Collection contains over 3,000 titles documenting the history of the Inquisition and the persecution of witchcraft, primarily in Europe. The Curator of the Collection, Laurent Ferri, has amassed a Witchcraft and Possession Movie Poster collection, including many original (sometimes, rare) posters of movies featuring “witches,” and a number of them will be on display in Willard Straight Theatre on September 26 in conjunction with the start of a World Witches film series. Come meet Ferri and see many of these posters in our new Backstage Lounge in Willard Straight Theatre on Thursday, Sept 26, from 6:30 – 7pm or 8:45 – 9:15pm, preceding that night’s screenings. At 7pm see War Witch, nominated for Best Foreign Language film of 2012, about a girl who is kidnapped and forced to join the ranks of a rebel army in Sub-Saharan Africa. When she displays an uncanny ability to detect the presence of the enemy, her ruthless commander declares her his protective "war witch." At 9:20pm we screen the Hollywood screwball classic, I Married a Witch, directed by French pioneer René Clair and starring Veronica Lake and Frederic March. Ferri’s poster collection includes three versions of posters for this film, one for the German release, highlighting just some of the fascinating cultural aspects of the collection.
The series is rounded out by Roman Polanski’s chilling adaptation of Ira Levin's best-selling novel, Rosemary’s Baby, and a beautiful 35mm print of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s delightful Kiki’s Delivery Service. Cosponsored with the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.