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The Witches


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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Annie Girardot, Alberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano
  • Directors: Mario Bolognini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti
  • Producers: Dino De Laurentiis
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MYFVQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,851 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A film of five separate comedy to drama segments--directed by Visconti, Bolognini, Pasolini, Franco Rossi and de Sica. The international cast includes Clint Eastwood, Annie Girardot and Alberto Sordi, and features Silvana Mangano. Important Note: This film has been manufactured from the best-quality video master currently available and has not been remastered or restored specifically for this DVD release. 16 x 9. Important Note: This film has been manufactured from the best-quality video master currently available and has not been remastered or restored specifically for this DVD release.

Feature is in Italian with English optional subtitles. Includes Special Feature-Option to view original Italian version or English version of the Clint Eastwood segment "An Evening Like All Others/ Una Sera Come Le Altre"

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Customer Reviews

Turned it off after 5 minutes.
DONNA L O'NEAL
What makes this poor are the single or double idea stories without a sense of finish and completeness except maybe at the most childish intellectual level.
Jack Bert
The first one, by Luchino Visconti, is visually sumptuous and elegant, but very slow.
S. Kelly

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Kelly on February 14, 2011
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This is the 1966 Italian film, "La Streghe". It has been incredibly hard to find for many, many years.

I obtained an unofficial VHS of it years ago, and this is its first official American release of it, any home video format, that I'm aware of.

It is one of those 60s omnibus films with five short stories from five different directors. As usual, some are better than others. The only connecting thread between the stories is actress Silvana Mangano, who is in all of them. The first one, by Luchino Visconti, is visually sumptuous and elegant, but very slow. The segment by Pier Paolo Pasolini is very funny and entertaining if oe is a fan of Pasolini. In addition to Mangano, it features Toto and Ninetto Davoli, and is similar in style to Pasolini's earlier "Hawks and Sparrows". One of the segments, where Mangano receives a very quick ride in a car, is very short and seemed absolutely pointless. The film's final segment is far and away the best, and makes it all worthwhile. The Vittori de Sica segment starring Mangano and Clint Eastwood, fresh off of his Italian 'Dollars' trilogy for Leone, is a portrait of an unhappy housewife and her oblivious, self-absorbed husband. The lavish daydream sequences are dazzling and funny, and even feature a couple of gentle jabs at Eastwood's own cowboy image of the time. Overall it is uneven, but quite entertaining.

I'm happy to see it finally available.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2012
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Another one of those anthology films bringing together several major directors that were so popular in Italy in the 60s, The Witches aka Le Streghe offers Silvana Mangano in a quintet of tales that have nothing to do with witchcraft directed by Luchino Visconti, Mauro Bolgonini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi and Vittorio De Sica. Two of the episodes are extremely brief comic vignettes written by satirists Age-Scarpelli with Bernadino Zapponi - Bolognini's Civic Duty is really just a fast drive to a punchline with Mangano offering to give an injured Alberto Sordi a lift to a hospital while Rosi's La Siciliana is a five-minute vignette that ends in a bloodbath - with Visconti, Pasolini and De Sica's efforts taking up most of the screen time. As a showcase for its star it can feel a bit hit-and-miss, allowing her plenty of range in the five roles but not giving her good enough material to really excel, but its rarity does make the film seem a little more intriguing than it would be had it been more widely seen: it was shot in 1965 but took another two years to make it to continental screens and was barely seen in the English-speaking world.

Visconti's A Witch Burned Alive isn't entirely successful, but it gradually becomes more interesting as Mangano's movie star and not entirely convincing style icon arrives at friend Annie Giradot's house in the Alps for a party and finds the host's husband Francisco Rabal making a play for her. Not that he's the only one: all the men want to sleep with her while the bitchy female guests take great delight in removing her wig and eyelashes when she passes out to bring her down a peg or two (though she actually looks better without them).
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender on August 3, 2011
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[THE WITCHES aka LE STREGHE - (1967)] Silvana Mangano, then wife of famed producer Dino de Laurentis, gets royally showcased here, portraying five different women in five short films, each directed by a noted Italian director. In the first vignette directed by Luchino Visconti, she's a beleaguered movie star attempting to hide away from her fans and the press in a large ski chalet of an acquaintance (who's in the throes of a party, unbeknownst to her) and is promptly pursued by the men on arrival, and despised, ridiculed and deconstructed by the women guests behind her back. These are the witches of the title, no doubt. It's an interesting and entertaining observation on the pompous and well-to-do, without making too much of a statement.

The second tale, 'Civic Duty', probably the most symbolic of the five, sees Mangano as another well-dressed witch whose vehicle is stopped at the site of a car accident with injuries. In order to avoid the congestion, she uses an injured man as an excuse to barrel through Rome traffic at Nascar speeds under the guise of being hospital bound, while the racing beauty is really just using the poor hapless victim as a shill to get to a rendezvous on time. The man mutters unintelligibly while he ponders why she's doing this. Insanely selfish, incredibly inconsiderate, though nonetheless comedic, Silvana looks fabulous as she rushes to meet her playboy date, leaving her injured, mumbling passenger wandering incoherently while dodging speeding cars in rush hour traffic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Borg on February 26, 2012
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5 Short movies, by 5 great Italian directors, 5 different styles. But fortunatly only 1 star: Silvana Mangano. She is superb in every movie.
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