The Witches

The Witches

Luchino Visconti (1966)

105min
X Certificate
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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

A teacher goes to Africa to work at a missionary school, but has a traumatic encounter with a local witch doctor that drives her to a nervous breakdown. She returns to teach in a quiet English village, only to suspect a coven of witches is performing dark rituals - a claim that leads people to suspect she is going mad. Hammer horror, starring Joan Fontaine and Kay Walsh.

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 dubbedColour
Drama