Wow, a very uneven group of short films and not a group of giallo witch stories as you might have thought from the title and origin. Most of the really short bits were forgettable. The Pasolini and DeSica entries were spontaneous, surreal and worth watching though, the latter 'Sera come le altre, Una' featured a pretty good early Clint Eastwood performance. If you're bored with the same old stuff, check this out, it's really different.
Nice bit of retro Italian 'comedy'. Especially loved seeing Silvana Mangano in her prime, and a special treat of seeing Clint Eastwood, before he was a big name in the U.S., as this was probably in his 'spaghetti-Western' prime, right after "Rawhide".
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...
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