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The Witches

  • Horror
  • 1966
  • Luchino Visconti
  • 105 mins
  • X

Summary

Portmanteau film comprising five surreal stories, starring Silvana Mangano and featuring Clint Eastwood as a husband battling comic-strip characters for the love of his wife.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

rolename
Gloria / Lady / GiovannaSilvana Mangano
ValeriaAnnie Girardot
Valeria's husbandFrancisco Rabal
Truck driverAlberto Sordi
HusbandClint Eastwood
Nembo KidArmando Bottin
DiabolikGianni Gori

Crew

rolename
DirectorLuchino Visconti
DirectorMauro Bolognini
DirectorPier Paolo Pasolini
DirectorFranco Rossi
DirectorVittorio De Sica

Details

Theatrical distributor
Hammer Film Prods Ltd
Released on
1966-12-09
Languages
English | Italian
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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