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|
|Edited by||Nino Baragli, Mario Serandrei|
|Distributed by||Productions Artistes Associés (Paris)|
|110 minutes ca.|
Le streghe (also known as Les Sorcières or The Witches) is a film produced by Dino De Laurentiis in 1965 and released in 1967. 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"
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.
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"
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"
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"
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
|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"|
|"The Witch Burned alive"
"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"|
|"The Girl from Sicily"|
|"A Night Like Any Other"|
|Age & Scarpelli
|Pier Paolo Pasolini||"The Earth As Seen from the Moon"|
|Giuseppe Patroni Griffi
|"The Witch Burned Alive"|
|Composers (Music score)|
|Alfredo de Laurentiis||Executive producer|
|Piero Tosi||Costume designer|
|Renzo Marignano||First assistant director|
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.
- allmovie ((( Le Streghe - Overview )))
- Munn, p. 58