The Witches (1967 film)

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The Witches (1967 film)
Directed by Mauro Bolognini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Franco Rossi
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis
Written by Age & Scarpelli, Mauro Bolognini, Luigi Magni, Bernardino Zapponi, Fabio Carpi, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Cesare Zavattini, Roberto Gianviti, Enzo Muzii
Starring Silvana Mangano, Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Clint Eastwood, Alberto Sordi, Massimo Girotti
Music by Ennio Morricone, Piero Piccioni
Cinematography Giuseppe Rotunno
Edited by Nino Baragli, Mario Serandrei
Distributed by Productions Artistes Associés (Paris)
Release dates
Running time
110 minutes ca.
Country Italy
Language Italian

Le streghe (also known as Les Sorcières or The Witches) is a film produced by Dino De Laurentiis in 1965 and released in 1967.[1] It consists of 5 short stories, directed by Luchino Visconti, Franco Rossi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mauro Bolognini and Vittorio De Sica. Each story is about witches and features Silvana Mangano.

This is one of De Laurentiis' more eclectic films. Clint Eastwood also makes an appearance in the final story.


"The Witch Burned Alive"[edit]

A famous actress arrives in an Austrian chalet to spend an evening with friends. The woman is gotten drunk by the guests, and when she falls unconscious, friends remove her makeup to look at the imperfections of her face, always believed beautiful by her fans.

"Civic Sense"[edit]

A man is wounded in a traffic accident. A woman stops the car and offers to take him to the hospital. The woman, however, only does this to pass the road traffic. When she arrives at her destination, she throws him out.

"The Earth As Seen From The Moon"[edit]

This comic episode, directed by Pasolini, tells the story of a red-headed father and son, Ciancicato and Baciu Miao (Totò and Ninetto Davoli). Ciancicato has just lost his wife and wants to marry a new wife. Ciancicato finds a deaf girl among the shacks on the outskirts of Rome and makes her his bride. To buy a better house nearby, he concocts a plan for her to threaten to commit suicide (distraught by her sick children) by jumping from the Coliseum, and take a collection to save her, but she slips on a banana peel and falls, and is buried next to his former wife.

"The Sicilian Belle"[edit]

In this short episode, a Sicilian woman tells her father a man made a pass at her; he retaliates by massacring the family.

"An Evening Like The Others"[edit]

Clint Eastwood is a western movie lover, who does not know how to change the flat relationship with his wife. One day Eastwood disguises himself as a gunslinger to entertain his wife, but she is not impressed, and he realizes that their relationship is broken forever. In the final scene, she imagines herself as a glamorous star, walking along in an evolving series of haute couture, whilst being ogled by a growing crowd of middle aged businessmen. She lastly dons a magnificent gown made of multiple layers of silk, each in a vibrant shade, which she peels away layer by layer.

Episodes and directors[edit]

Director Italian title English title
Luchino Visconti "La strega bruciata viva" "The Witch Burned Alive"
Mauro Bolognini "Senso civico" "Civic Sense"
Pier Paolo Pasolini "La Terra vista dalla Luna" "The Earth As Seen From The Moon"
Franco Rossi "La siciliana" "The Girl From Sicily"
Vittorio De Sica "Una serata come le altre" "An Evening Like The Others"


Actor Portrayed Episode(s)
Silvana Mangano Gloria
Assurda Cai
"The Witch Burned alive"
"Civic Sense"
"The Earth As Seen From the Moon"
"The Girl From Sicily"
"An Evening Like The Others"
Annie Girardot Valeria "The Witch Burned Alive"
Francisco Rabal Valerie's Husband "The Witch Burned Alive"
Massimo Girotti Sportsman "The Witch Burned Alive"
Elsa Albani Gossip "The Witch Burned Alive"
Alberto Sordi "Truck Driver "Civic Sense"
Totò Ciancicato Miao "The Earth As Seen From the Moon"
Angelo Santi Gordon "A Night Like Any Other"
Piero Torrisi Batman "Civic Sense"'
Luigi Leoni Her Husband "The Earth As Seen From The Moon"
Marilù Tolo Waitress "The Witch Burned Alive"
Pietro Tordi Father "The Girl From Sicily"
Véronique Vendell Young girlfriend "The Witch Burned Alive"
Clint Eastwood Husband "An Evening Like The Others"
Dino Mele Waiter "The Witch Burned Alive"
Franco Moruzzi Sadik "Civic Sense"
Helmut Berger Waiter "The Witch Burned Alive"
Laura Betti A tourist "The Earth As Seen From The Moon"
Armando Bottin "Nembo Kid" "Civic Sense"
Clara Calamai Ex-actress "The Witch Burned Alive"
Ninetto Davoli Baciù Miao "The Earth As Seen From The Moon"
Leslie French Industrialist "The Witch Burned Alive"
Gianni Gori Diabolik "An Evening Like The Others"
Paolo Gozlino Mandrake "An Evening Like The Others"
Valentino Macchi Man in stadium "An Evening Like The Others"

Other crew[edit]


Screenwriter Episode
Franco Rossi
Luigi Magni
"The Girl from Sicily"
Fabio Carpi
Cesare Zavattini
"A Night Like Any Other"
Age & Scarpelli
Bernardino Zapponi
"Civic Sense"
Pier Paolo Pasolini "The Earth As Seen from the Moon"
Giuseppe Patroni Griffi
Cesare Zavattini
"The Witch Burned Alive"


Ennio Morricone
Piero Piccioni
Composers (Music score)
Giuseppe Maccari
Giuseppe Rotunno
Alfredo de Laurentiis Executive producer
Mario Garbuglia
Piero Poletto
Art directors
Piero Tosi Costume designer
Adriana Novelli
Giorgio Serralonga
Mario Serandrei
Nino Baragli
Renzo Marignano First assistant director
Goffredo Rocchetti Makeup


Le streghe was never released outside of Europe as United Artists bought the film when Clint Eastwood's career began to take off. United Artists decided not to release it in theaters but instead kept it in their library vault to prevent its viewing.[2]



  • Munn, Michael (1992). Clint Eastwood: Hollywood's Loner. London: Robson Books. ISBN 0-86051-790-X. 

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