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The Witches

1967 1h 40m Drama List
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The same actress (Silvana Mangano) plays five different women in five sketches by five Italian filmmakers. Read More Read Less
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Matt Brunson Film Frenzy The juxtaposition of satanic rituals practiced against the backdrop of a picturesque English countryside gives this film its unique edge. Rated: 3/4 Feb 26, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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r 9 Rather zany, 'The Witches' entertains sufficiently. Anthology films aren't usually my thing but I found the oddness of this production to be worth watching. It somehow works. There are five stories portrayed, all of which have their moments even if some are definitively better than others. The music is good, also. "The Witch Burned Alive", the opener, is the standout, "Civic Spirit" is amusingly short, "The Earth Seen from the Moon" is one of the weaker entries as it drags a little, "The Sicilian Belle" is a little forgettable and, the finale, "An Evening Like the Others" is the most strange but does satisfy due to its unusualness and comical nature. That last one's weirdness is elevated by the appearance of Clint Eastwood - which is made even more peculiar as he doesn't even voice his character due to the Italian language barrier; Giuseppe Rinaldi provides the voice, fwiw. It is bizarre yet, again, does work. The star of this 1967 release, though, is Silvana Mangano, who leads all five stories. She is excellent across them all, this is my first exposure to her and I'm intrigued to potentially see more of her work in the future. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Hammer House "slow-burner". Memorable for the finale - At the Black Mass. Fine performance from co-star Michelle Dotrice, who went on to play Betty in Some Mother's Do 'ave 'em. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Solidly creepy Hammer horror picture about girls school headmistress Joan Fontaine slowly learning that the girls at her school are being scarified to a pagan god by a local cult. The film predates "The Wicker Man" and "Suspiria" but after watching this film I saw many echos of this film in those horror classics. Sadly, this film is not as good as either of those films and is a bit slow to get going, but once it does get going, it's quite good. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A very twee hammer horror from the 60's. Not creepy or scary just a little unusual. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member (35%) It lacks any sort of real scares and is really quite tame, even for a film of this period when censors had more control than they do now, but it is well made and acted with a decent story in there. An ideal horror for those that are squeamish at any sight of blood or nastiness as there is very little here. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member so so late career joan fontaine Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The same actress (Silvana Mangano) plays five different women in five sketches by five Italian filmmakers.
Director
Luchino Visconti, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi, Vittorio De Sica
Producer
Dino De Laurentiis
Production Co
Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, Les Productions Artistes Associés
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Italian
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 40m
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