Sacrificial Burnings

Nancy Nicol

1980, 38:00 minutes, colour, English


A feminist tape about love, power and illusion. Quotations from a medieval manual for inquisitors referring to the wickedness of women and the evil of witches are interwoven with two recent witch tales. One of a woman who escapes an oppressive upbringing only to escape into an equally destructive marriage. The other, the story of the Hollywood actress Frances Farmer who was driven to alcoholism and incarceration in a mental hospital.

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Critical Writing

Vancouver's Feminist Art Gallery: Sacrificial Burnings
by Julie Healey. Video Guide, 1981, v. 4, no. 2.
VIDEO/VIDEO: If this event was a dry run for PAY-TV, one must view...
by Clive Robertson. Fuse, Nov. 1981, v. 5, no. 8 & 9.