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PostSubject: Season of the Witch 女巫季节   Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:52 am




Season of the Witch is a 2011 American fantasy action film starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Dominic Sena. Cage stars with Ron Perlman as knights who return from the Crusades to find their homeland ruined by the Black Death. Two church elders accuse a girl (Claire Foy) of being a witch and being responsible for the destruction and command the knights to transport the girl to a monastery so the monks there can lift her curse from the land.[3]
Development on the film began in 2000 when the spec script by screenwriter Bragi F. Schut was purchased by MGM. The project moved from MGM to Columbia Pictures to Relativity Media, where the film was finally produced by Charles Roven and Alex Gartner. Filming took place primarily in Austria, Hungary, and Croatia. Season of the Witch was released on January 7, 2011 in the United States, Canada, and several other territories. The film received negative reviews.


Set in a fictional version of the 14th century, three women accused of witchcraft are hanged and then drowned by a priest. The Priest performs a ritual to prevent the witches returning from the dead. One of the witches takes on a demonic appearance and kills the priest. Cut to a hundred years later during the Crusades, knights Behmen (Cage) and Felson (Perlman) choose to desert the war and return home after seeing women and children mercilessly slaughtered. They discover the Black Plague has swept across the land. Most of the townspeople believe the plague is caused by sorcery and the devil. Upon entering a town, Behmen's sword shows his crest and he and Felson are identified as deserters and taken to Cardinal D'Ambroise who is infected with the plague. The Cardinal asks the knights to escort an apparent witch suspected of causing the plague, to a remote monastery where an elite group of monks reside, capable of determining if the girl is truly a witch. If she is found guilty, the monks know a sacred ritual that can cancel her powers, and stop the plague that is devastating Europe. The two knights agree, but under one condition, that she will be given a fair trial. The Cardinal agrees, and they set out accompanied by a priest Debelzaq, a young man Kay, a grieving knight Eckhardt whose family were killed by the plague, and the swindler Hagamar who leads the way to the monastery. The witch, a young girl later identified as Anna, shows hatred towards Debelzaq and forms a bond with Behmen.
Shortly after setting off, the group camp for the night where Eckhardt volunteers to watch the witch for the first night. After a while Debelzaq comes to relieve Eckhardt, but decides to stay with him since his tormented thoughts of the death of his family prevent him from sleeping anyway. Eckhardt talks about his daughter Mila, who resembled Anna. As Eckhardt leaves, Anna escapes after attacking Debelzaq from within her cage and flees to a nearby town. During the search for her, Eckhardt has visions of his dead daughter and is accidentally killed by Kay. One man down, the group become less trusting of Anna including Behmen. The group manage to successfully cross a rickety rope bridge, after Anna saves Kay from falling to his death by grabbing him with one hand, showing an unnatural strength. The group enter the dark forest called Wormwood, where Hagamar attempts to kill Anna so the group can go home, only to be stopped by the others. Anna appears to summon wolves, who chase the group and kill Hagamar. An enraged Behmen tries to kill Anna, but is stopped by Felson when the monastery is in sight.
Arriving at the monastery, the men find all of the monks have been killed by the plague but locate the Key of Solomon, an ancient book filled with holy rituals used to defeat evil. The men confront Anna, with Debelzaq beginning to perform a ritual used on witches. However, Anna melts her cage and reveals she has been deceiving them all along, revealing herself to be a male demon using Anna as a vessel. The demon plots to destroy the last version of the book so the evil can be free to cover the world in darkness. While the men prepare for battle against the evil forces, they find a room where the now-dead monks were writing copies of the book. The demon appears, destroys the copies and possesses the monks' bodies to use as weapons. During the fight, the demon kills Debelzaq by breaking his neck. Felson then jumps the demon from behind and fights him in order to save Behmen, and is eventually incinerated by the demon. Behmen continues fighting the demon and has Kay finish the exorcism which destroys the demon, but Behmen is mortally wounded and dies shortly after, asking Kay to look after the freed Anna. After making graves for their fallen friends, Kay and Anna depart with the book in hand.
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Nicolas Cage as Behman
Ron Perlman as Felson
Claire Foy as Anna (credited as The Girl)
Stephen Campbell Moore as Debelzaq
Robert Sheehan as Kay
Ulrich Thomsen as Eckhardt
Stephen Graham as Hagamar
Christopher Lee as Cardinal D'Ambroise

Cage and Perlman starred together as a double act in Season of the Witch
Cage stars as Behmen, a knight who returns from the Crusades to discover the devastation caused by the Black Plague. The actor had worked with director Dominic Sena on Gone in 60 Seconds (2000).[4] and with producer Charles Roven on City of Angels (1998).[5] Cage was interested in the film's fantastical subject matter, also having recently starred in The Sorcerer's Apprentice.[6] He also described Behmen as "the first" conscientious objector, saying, "I admired... the idea of him breaking from whatever religious propaganda was forced upon him, and still finding an even closer connection with his faith and with God. Those iconoclastic elements to the character made him very interesting to me."[5] For the role, Cage learned horseback riding from Camilla Naprous and her team of horse trainers in England. Cage also worked with a fight choreographer to learn swordfighting.[6]
Perlman plays Felson, a knight who is Behmen's best friend and fellow combatant during the Crusades. Perlman said of choosing the role, "I love the character. I'm actually more comfortable being a sidekick, because I don't get blamed if it is a complete disaster. I really liked ... his mindset, I liked his irreverence. In the world of seriousness, he's a guy who thinks it's all bullshit. He's just in it for the whores and the sword fights."[7] Perlman described Felson's religion, "Whereas Behmen has a very well-articulated idea of his relationship to country and church and spirituality and God, Felson has none. He doesn't bother to spend any time thinking about that."[8]
Foy appears in her feature-film debut as the girl who is accused of being a witch. Known for her titular role in the British miniseries Little Dorrit, she met Sena and sought the role in Season of the Witch. She explained the choice, "It's quite a manipulative role; the character does a lot of manipulating. Pitting other people against each other, being quite mischievous... That was something I thought would obviously be good to do."[9] Foy researched witchcraft and demonic possession for the role. She described its appeal, "Playing a character that was making things happen, and mainly in control of an entire group of men. And for once, be the character that is completely in the know about everything. There is nothing that she doesn’t know. Nothing is a surprise. And she is able to deal with every single situation that arises the way that she sees fit. And I think that was quite refreshing to be able to play a character that wasn't entirely beholden to everyone else.






女巫季节是2011年多米尼克·塞纳执导的美国电影。尼古拉斯·凯奇在这部影片中扮演一名14世纪的骑士,他要将一个女孩遣送至修道院,因为这个女孩被怀疑是散布黑死病的女巫。

导演 Director:
  多米尼克·塞纳 Dominic Sena
  编剧 Writer:
  Bragi F. Schut ....writer
  演员 Actor:
  尼古拉斯·凯奇 Nicolas Cage
  朗·普尔曼 Ron Perlman
  克莱尔·福伊 Claire Foy
  斯蒂芬·格拉汉姆 Stephen Graham
  史蒂芬·坎贝尔·摩尔 Stephen Campbell Moore
  罗伯特·席汉 Robert Sheehan
  制作人:Steve Alexander阿莱克斯·加特纳/Alex Gartner Alan Glazer Tom Karnowski 瑞恩·卡瓦劳格/Ryan Kavanaugh 查尔斯·罗文/Charles Roven Tucker Tooley
  原创音乐:艾特利·奥瓦逊 Atli Örvarsson
  摄影:Amir M. Mokri

连年征战、出生入死,东征的十字军勇士贝曼(尼古拉斯·凯奇)和铁哥们儿菲尔森(朗·皮尔曼)终于得到了返乡的机会。穿洋越海,走过沙漠,好不容易回到了故园,满以为迎接他们的会是金黄的麦田、温暖的被窝和可口的餐点,却没想到触手可及之处竟是满目疮痍——生灵涂炭、村庄废弃、农田荒鞠、饥荒横行,送葬的钟声不停地为新的死者哀鸣。而这幕人间惨剧的起源是一种叫做黑死病的瘟疫,它带走了千千万万无辜的性命,仍然没有一丝停息的迹象。人们开始相信,一定是恶魔借女巫之手施下了来自地狱的诅咒。 《女巫季节》剧照(19张)
  经教堂长老会一致决定,一位看似弱不禁风的女孩安娜(克莱尔·弗伊),被认定为神秘邪恶的黑女巫。由奄奄一息的红衣主教德安博(克里斯托弗·李)下令,被称为传奇勇士的贝曼临危受命,要将安娜遣送至渺无人烟的修道院,由修道院的僧侣进行毁灭处理。然而,当看到那个拥有一双美丽且纯真的眼睛的女孩,贝曼怎么也不肯相信,这个手无缚鸡之力的弱女子就是导致一切灾难的地狱使者。 [1]
  备齐干粮,贝曼和菲尔森遵命上路。随行的,还有牧师德波泽科、悲痛欲绝的骑士埃克哈特和任性的少年凯伊等等。如果说危险重重的荒野和艰难险阻的路途并不能打退他们如期完成任务的坚决,那么一路上诡异的巫术传说和充满敌意的民众,却让他们不由得不寒而栗。等待他们的,究竟是天父的终极审判?是恶魔的地狱狂笑?还是疯狂莫名的骗局?
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  中古世纪,金戈铁甲。那是游侠与骑士的时代,文艺复兴的晨曦尚未到来。善于遗忘的人们,往往只记得胜利的荣光,却记不得旷日持久的战争带来的毁灭和饥荒,就像后辈光顾着崇拜振臂一吼山呼海应的亚瑟王,对欧洲中世纪的暗黑历史却随笔带过一样。《女巫季节》的背景设置,正处那段总被省略的暗黑时代。十四世纪,效忠国王的动力已被百年战争消耗殆尽,从贵族到贫民都厌倦了反复的拉锯,然而,像是老天的惩罚,人类历史上最严重的瘟疫之一—黑死病——散布到了自诩“上帝之子”“圣战东伐”的欧洲。尽管据后人考究,这轮黑死病的疯狂爆发,很可能是人类自作孽的后果(细菌战),但在经历了最初的恐慌之后,人性恶之花竟被进一步催发——少数族群被逐一残杀,紧接着,像大多数将亡国之人,他们开始咬牙切齿地怪责“红颜祸水”。以“巫法惑众”的名义,女人成了老虎,成了异端邪教,成了祸国殃民的魔鬼,尽管她们中的大多数获罪的理由只是身上多长了一块雀斑或胎记。
  说来也讽刺,后世研究黑死病肆虐之因的理论之一,是它与当时大量地屠杀女巫有关。因为按中世纪的普遍信仰,欧洲人认为猫是女巫的宠物和助手,所以猫被大量地消灭,以至于相当长的一段时间内猫在欧洲绝迹。而黑死病重要的传播媒介——老鼠——则在这条断裂的生物链中以几倍数量增长,为黑死病的爆发创造了最重要的条件。
  在哈利波特成了少年英雄、暮色吸血鬼当上梦中情人的如今,本片却显然并不打算为女巫翻案。无所畏惧、勇往直前、保护弱者的当然还是穿着锁子甲骑着高头大马的骑士,不过被关在笼子里长着一双清澈蓝眼的女巫,再折腾也与什么浪漫爱情与史诗格局的戏码无关。虽然绕道奥地利、匈牙利、克罗地亚等欧洲国家拍摄了一大圈,可与其说影片着力于巨细靡遗重现历史细节,不如说它更愿意化身中世纪的“生化危机”,做一部单细胞的动作片。
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  “地狱男爵”朗·普尔曼加入尼古拉斯·凯奇主演、多米尼克·塞纳导演的新片《女巫季节》中。 凯奇在超自然惊悚片《女巫季节》中将饰演一名14世纪的骑士,他在国人的帮助下将一个被怀疑是散布黑死病的女巫的女孩遣送至修道院,并让她在此驱散魔鬼。该片于2009年11月初在奥地利和匈牙利开机。


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