In the movie Gretel and Hansel this screen shot is shown. I am wondering what symbolism it represents.

[1]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/J7iaK.png

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As pointed out in this blog post, the triangle/pyramid shape is a reoccurring symbol in Gretel & Hansel:

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The second is an obvious allusion to the 'Eye of Providence', originally a Christian symbol, but nowadays more often invoking associations with Freemasonry (especially the eye within a pyramid shape).

Less obvious - but still referencing it - is the shape of the witch's outfit:

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Apart from these signs alluding to alchemy and magic, I can think of a few other reasons they could have been used:

  • To emphasize the symbolism or mysticism of the film('s plot), rather than it being a straightforward story - it is a fairy-tale, after all.
  • As an allusion to the stereotypical witch's hat.
  • Purely as branding, or visually tying parts of the film together.
  • (Art-)historically, the triangle/pyramid shape is a sign of hierarchy. I haven't seen the film, and it seems unlikely this plays a role here, but it could imply the imminent overthrow of the witch or a constant power struggle.
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    WoW, one of your points is right on. I will not spoil this movie for you.
    – Yu Zhang
    May 19, 2020 at 10:32

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