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The Witches

The Witches

Luchino Visconti, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi, Vittorio De Sica (1966)

105min
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Review

Our Score
This portmanteau picture, featuring work by some of Italy's most celebrated directors, gave Clint Eastwood a rare opportunity to appear in a European art movie. He features in Vittorio De Sica's bookend segment as a banker being forced to compete with comic-book characters for the love of his bored wife, Mrs Dino De Laurentiis herself, Silvana Mangano. Mangano also stars in the other four stories - playing a holidaying movie star in Luchino Visconti's opener; a woman driver whose dithering spells trouble for injured trucker Alberto Sordi; a spinster with a short-fused father in Franco Rossi and Luigi Magni's Sicilian comedy; and an imaginary maid in Pier Paolo Pasolini's silent gem. As a whole, the movie is inconsistent, but the individual segments are intriguing nonetheless.

Summary

This Hammer Production sees a newly appointed headmistress pitted against a coven of witches in the English countryside. Having some experience of African witch doctors, Gwen Mayfield is alerted to sinister goings-on when she discovers a voodoo doll. It seems she must confront her fears in order to save the town.

Cast & Crew

Gloria / Lady / Giovanna Silvana Mangano
Valeria Annie Girardot
Valeria's husband Francisco Rabal
Truck driver Alberto Sordi
Husband Clint Eastwood
Nembo Kid Armando Bottin
Diabolik Gianni Gori
Director Luchino Visconti
Director Mauro Bolognini
Director Pier Paolo Pasolini
Director Franco Rossi
Director Vittorio De Sica
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Other Information

Language: Italian dubbed Colour

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