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The Witches (1967 film)

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The Witches (Italian: Le streghe) is a 1967 comedy anthology film produced by Dino De Laurentiis in 1965.[1] It consists of 5 short stories, directed by Luchino Visconti, Franco Rossi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mauro Bolognini and Vittorio De Sica. Each story is about witches and features Silvana Mangano.

This is one of De Laurentiis' more eclectic films. Clint Eastwood also makes an appearance in the final story.


"The Witch Burned Alive"

A famous actress arrives in an Austrian chalet to spend an evening with friends. The woman is gotten drunk by the guests, and when she falls unconscious, friends remove her makeup to look at the imperfections of her face, always believed beautiful by her fans.

"Civic Sense"

A man is wounded in a traffic accident. A woman stops the car and offers to take him to the hospital. The woman, however, only does this to pass the road traffic. When she arrives at her destination, she throws him out.

"The Earth Seen from the Moon"

This comic episode, directed by Pasolini, tells the story of a red-headed father and son, Ciancicato and Baciu Miao (Totò and Ninetto Davoli). Ciancicato has just lost his wife and wants to marry a new wife. Ciancicato finds a deaf girl among the shacks on the outskirts of Rome and makes her his bride. To buy a better house nearby, he concocts a plan for her to threaten to commit suicide (distraught by her sick children) by jumping from the Coliseum, and take a collection to save her, but she slips on a banana peel and falls, and is buried next to his former wife.

"The Girl from Sicily"

In this short episode, a Sicilian woman tells her father a man made a pass at her; he retaliates by massacring the family.

"An Evening Like the Others"

Clint Eastwood is a western movie lover who does not know how to change the flat relationship with his wife. One day Eastwood disguises himself as a gunslinger to entertain his wife, but she is not impressed and he realizes that their relationship is broken forever. In the final scene, she imagines herself as a glamorous star, walking along in an evolving series of haute couture while being ogled by a growing crowd of middle aged businessmen. She lastly dons a magnificent gown made of multiple layers of silk, each in a vibrant shade, which she peels away layer by layer.

Episodes and directors

Director Italian title English title
Luchino Visconti "La strega bruciata viva" "The Witch Burned Alive"
Mauro Bolognini "Senso civico" "Civic Sense"
Pier Paolo Pasolini "La Terra vista dalla Luna" "The Earth Seen from the Moon"
Franco Rossi "La siciliana" "The Girl from Sicily"
Vittorio De Sica "Una serata come le altre" "An Evening Like the Others"


Actor Portrayed Episode(s)
Silvana Mangano Gloria
Assurda Cai
"The Witch Burned Alive"
"Civic Sense"
"The Earth Seen from the Moon"
"The Girl from Sicily"
"An Evening Like the Others"
Annie Girardot Valeria "The Witch Burned Alive"
Francisco Rabal Valerie's Husband "The Witch Burned Alive"
Massimo Girotti Sportsman "The Witch Burned Alive"
Elsa Albani Gossip "The Witch Burned Alive"
Alberto Sordi "Truck Driver "Civic Sense"
Totò Ciancicato Miao "The Earth Seen from the Moon"
Angelo Santi Gordon "An Evening Like the Others"
Piero Torrisi Batman "Civic Sense"
Luigi Leoni Her Husband "The Earth Seen from the Moon"
Marilù Tolo Waitress "The Witch Burned Alive"
Pietro Tordi Father "The Girl from Sicily"
Véronique Vendell Young girlfriend "The Witch Burned Alive"
Clint Eastwood Carlone (Charlie in English dub) "An Evening Like the Others"
Dino Mele Waiter "The Witch Burned Alive"
Franco Moruzzi Sadik "Civic Sense"
Helmut Berger Waiter "The Witch Burned Alive"
Laura Betti A tourist "The Earth Seen from the Moon"
Armando Bottin "Nembo Kid" "Civic Sense"
Clara Calamai Ex-actress "The Witch Burned Alive"
Ninetto Davoli Baciù Miao "The Earth Seen from the Moon"
Leslie French Industrialist "The Witch Burned Alive"
Gianni Gori Diabolik "An Evening Like the Others"
Paolo Gozlino Mandrake "An Evening Like the Others"
Valentino Macchi Man in stadium "An Evening Like the Others"



Screenwriter Episode
Giuseppe Patroni Griffi
Cesare Zavattini
"The Witch Burned Alive"
Age & Scarpelli
Bernardino Zapponi
"Civic Sense"
Pier Paolo Pasolini "The Earth Seen from the Moon"
Age & Scarpelli
Bernardino Zapponi
"The Girl from Sicily"
Cesare Zavattini
Fabio Carpi
Enzo Muzii
"An Evening Like the Others"


Ennio Morricone
Piero Piccioni
Composers (Music score)
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
Alfredo de Laurentiis Executive producer
Mario Garbuglia
Piero Poletto
Art directors
Piero Tosi Costume designer
Adriana Novelli
Giorgio Serralonga
Mario Serandrei
Nino Baragli
Renzo Marignano First assistant director
Goffredo Rocchetti Makeup


Le streghe was never released outside of Europe as United Artists bought the film when Clint Eastwood's career began to take off. United Artists decided not to release it in theaters but instead kept it in their library vault to prevent its viewing.[2]



  • Munn, Michael (1992). Clint Eastwood: Hollywood's Loner. London: Robson Books. ISBN 0-86051-790-X.

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