- Actors: Silvana Mangano, Clint Eastwood, Toto, Ninetto Davoli
- Directors: Luchino Visconti, Franco Rossi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mauro Bolognini, Vittorio De Sica
- Format: PAL
- Language: Italian
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Arrow Academy
- DVD Release Date: 8 Jan. 2018
- Run Time: 121 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- ASIN: B076W77XXC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,886 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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In the mid-sixties, famed producer Dino De Laurentiis brought together the talents of five celebrated Italian directors for an anthology film. Their brief was simple: to direct an episode in which Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice, Ludwig) plays a witch.
Luchino Visconti (Ossessione, Death in Venice) and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (Bicycle Thieves) open the film with The Witch Burned Alive, about a famous actress and a drunken evening that leads to unpleasant revelations. Civic Sense is a lightly comic interlude from Mauro Bolognini (The Lady of the Camelias) with a dark conclusion, and The Earth as Seen from the Moon sees Italian comedy legend Totò team up with Pier Paolo Pasolini (Theorem) for the first time for a tale of matrimony and a red-headed father and son. Franco Rosso (The Woman in the Painting) concocts a story of revenge in The Sicilian s Wife, while Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine) casts Clint Eastwood as Mangano s estranged husband in An Evening Like the Others, concluding The Witches with a stunning homage to Italian comic books.
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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). Envied by all, it's increasingly clear that she's simply seen by others as something to possess, photograph or attempt to dismiss, a game of blind man's bluff in a darkened room and a phone call to her husband where her good news is just a potential career setback to him setting her on the path to her zombie-like departure amid a flash of paparazzi cameras, her glamour restored but her face a death mask.
Pasolini's urban fairytale, The Earth Seen from the Moon, is an amiably cartoonish oddity with a wild haired Toto's Mr. Miao and his even more outrageously coiffured son Ninetto Davoli making a pact on their wife/mother's graveside to find a replacement they both approve of (no redheads) and, after a whole year of rejections, settling on Mangano's deaf mute, Miss Absurdity (the most likeable of her five star turns). Naturally they don't know when they're well off and a tragedy involving the Coliseum and a banana skin ensues - though that's not the end of the story. But it's De Sica's episode, A Night Like Any Other, that's given the film what little notoriety it retains for its casting of one Clint Eastwood as Mangano's boring husband who doesn't think people get enough sleep. He's so boring, in fact, that when she fails to reawaken any passion in him she retreats into a fantasy world where the entire male population of Rome follows in her wake and she romps with Batman, Flash Gordon, Diabolik and Mandrake the Magician while he can only look on aghast and beg her to think of the children. Ironically, it's Eastwood's involvement that also guaranteed the film's obscurity: United Artists brought it specifically to keep it on the shelf while they were promoting Eastwood's Man with No Name films in case it damaged his image before giving it a very cursory US release in 1969 once the Leone films and Hang `Em High were out of the way and then burying it in their vaults. Written by De Sica's long time collaborator Cesare Zavattini (Umberto D, Bicycle Thieves) it's the best realised of the five, and certainly Mangano's best role in the film even if it is no more than a slight diversion.
While it never really escapes the feel of a vanity production (it was produced by Mangano's then-husband Dino De Laurentiis), and it's a long way from the best of these `portmanteau' films, there's an undeniable curiosity factor to seeing Eastwood camping it up in the fantasy scenes as well as spotting a young Helmut Berger when he was still called Helmut Steinbergher carrying the bags in Visconti's episode. There are some good production values as well, with Ennio Morricone and Piero Piccioni sharing composing duties (Morricone's contribution to the Pasolini episode being particularly catchy) and Giuseppe Rottuno showing his versatility as cinematographer for all five directors' very different styles. Far from essential viewing, but MGM/UA's manufactured on demand DVD-R is a decent but not outstanding widescreen transfer that offers the option to see De Sica's story with English soundtrack that has Eastwood using his own voice or the subtitled Italian version. No extras on the disc.
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