Clint Eastwood Forums

General Information => General Discussion => Topic started by: Dannyman on December 29, 2003, 09:28:45 PM

Title: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Dannyman on December 29, 2003, 09:28:45 PM
I was checking my TV listings for Clint Eastwood and this movie came up that i'd never heard of before, The Witches (1966) The cast looks French, have any of you seen this film?
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: KC on December 29, 2003, 09:39:06 PM
Try Italian.

The Witches (original Italian title Le streghe) is a five-part film originally released in Europe in 1966. Each of the episodes had a different director and a different cast. The common link was the female lead, Silvana Mangano, who was the wife of the producer, Dino De Laurentiis. Eastwood appeared in the fifth episode, "A Night Like Any Other" ("Una sera come le altri"), which was directed by Vittorio De Sica, with whom Clint had had a hankering to work.

You can read all about it in the Filmography (http://www.clinteastwood.net/filmography/witches.htm) on this site.  ;) (There's a little more information in the IMDb (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0061037/combined).)

BTW, when and where is it showing? It never had a real U.S. release and is rarely seen on T.V.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: KC on December 29, 2003, 09:46:16 PM
Never mind ... I found it on TV Now (http://www.tv-now.com/stars/clint.html) ...

Quote
The Witches
110 minutes- NR, France/Italy, 1965

Directed by Luchino Visconti [and others, they should have said] and starring
Silvana Mangano, Annie Girardot, Clint Eastwood
Francisco Rabal, Alberto Sordi, Massimo Girotti

Five separate stories relate the tragic influences of a quintet of different women.

Tue  Jan  6  07:30A   MYST- Encore's Mystery Channel
Wed  Jan  7  05:20A   MYST- Encore's Mystery Channel
Fri  Jan 16  04:30P   MYST- Encore's Mystery Channel
Fri  Jan 16  05:30P   PLEX- Encore's Movie Plex
Fri  Jan 16  11:35P   MYST- Encore's Mystery Channel
Sat  Jan 17  12:35A   PLEX- Encore's Movie Plex

Ms. Giradot is indeed French, so you're not entirely off base there, dannyman.

Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Dannyman on December 29, 2003, 10:09:16 PM
Too bad I don't get that channel. Did Clint had to learn Italian like for example GB&U, A Fistful of Dollars, etc. Or was it.....an italian voiceover w/ Clint?
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: KC on December 29, 2003, 10:32:52 PM
Eastwood never spoke Italian in any of the four films he made that were Italian productions or co-productions. The practice at the time in the Italian film industry was not to record any of the voices for the final soundtrack "live," but to dub in all the dialogue after filming was completed. If there was an international cast, as was often the case, everyone could speak his lines in his native language ... then, everyone would be dubbed into the language or languages of release. That is, for instance, in A Fistful of Dollars, Eastwood spoke English during the shooting and the rest of the cast spoke Italian, German or Spanish. Then there were releases in each of these four languages in which all the voices were dubbed, but Eastwood dubbed his own lines in the English-language version ... and the Italians in the cast dubbed their own lines in the Italian-language version ... etc. I hope that is clear. ;)

The version of Le streghe I've seen, probably the same one showing on TV next month, was dubbed into English. At any rate, Eastwood, who plays the dull banker (American) husband of an Italian housewife with a very active imagination (Mangano) doesn't have a great deal of dialogue, if I recall right.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Dannyman on December 29, 2003, 11:32:52 PM
Yeah, I figured it was set up like that because when I watch the Man With No Name westersn if you look at the actors mouths most of them aren't speaking english,  but a voice-over.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: nyna on December 30, 2003, 07:41:24 PM
As I was about to post yesterday I got disconnected 5 times Gr.... after all that typing, the temp was 41c about 106f in Melbourne and everytime its hot my computer does this so I just switched off.
About the movie the witches, what a coincidence its going to be on Sunday night the 4th of Jan on SBS channel,  so set your videos, I've seen it Clint  he is in one of the stories about 10 minutes he is very well dressed in a suit and very young and handsome only I dont think that is his voice as I know it.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Matt on December 30, 2003, 07:56:09 PM
I've seen Le Streghe and it's definitely Eastwood's voice in the English version.

For the curious who can't watch it in their area, here's a few stills from the film:

(http://home.swfla.rr.com/mattreigns/Witches.jpg)

(http://home.swfla.rr.com/mattreigns/Witches2.jpg)
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Christopher on December 30, 2003, 07:59:37 PM
Somehow I wouldn't think that those two images would come from the same film. ???
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Matt on December 30, 2003, 08:01:48 PM
One is reality... the other is a fantasy. ;)
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Christopher on December 30, 2003, 08:07:54 PM
Ah, that would certainly explain it.

I wonder which is which? ;) :D
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Dannyman on December 31, 2003, 11:54:13 PM
HAHA, gee.............well unless Clint is Superman I think the second one is fantasy.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Philo Beddoe Jr on April 18, 2004, 09:43:28 AM
Who has seen it, and what did you think of it?

WKC.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: KC on April 18, 2004, 11:02:05 AM
I, and not much! ;)

To expand a bit, it demonstrated Eastwood's willingness to take chances and his desire to work with "serious" European directors (he has often cited his experience with De Sica as helping to form his own "know what you want and shoot only that" filmmaking philosophy). It's amusing to watch but impossible to take seriously.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Philo Beddoe Jr on April 18, 2004, 09:06:23 PM
Thanks KC,

I have never seen it, but am of the understanding that this film is not considered to highly. I am surprised though that the 'completists' here do not discuss it a little bit more often...

WKC.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Agent on April 19, 2004, 08:59:15 AM
I recall it being discussed a few times in the past, but most of it was on the old board. I bought a bootleg copy off Ebay a couple years ago. The clip with Clint in it is only around half an hour or so. Personally, I think it's one of the most humorous (yet bizarre) performances I've ever seen him put on.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Agent on April 20, 2004, 05:42:45 AM
Here's some shots taken from the movie. The bootleg VHS tape I have is really bad quality, recorded in SLP mode I believe, so the caps aren't so clear. But since most here will probably never see this flick and perhaps a side of Eastwood you've never seen before, here they are:

(http://www.zrrifle.com/witcaps.jpg)
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: philo on October 01, 2004, 07:05:34 AM

For US readers this not often seen film is showing on the following ....

Fri  Oct  1  11:15A on Encore Mystery Channel
Fri  Oct  1  12:15P on Movie Plex
Thu  Oct 14  06:40A on Encore Mystery Channel
Sun  Oct 17  07:20A on Encore Mystery Channel

As far as I know one single UK channel 4 screening is the only time it has been shown in 16:9 widescreen.


Philo .

Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: donald on January 18, 2005, 11:52:12 AM
For US readers this not often seen film is showing on the following ....

Fri  Oct  1  11:15A on Encore Mystery Channel
Fri  Oct  1  12:15P on Movie Plex
Thu  Oct 14  06:40A on Encore Mystery Channel
Sun  Oct 17  07:20A on Encore Mystery Channel

As far as I know one single UK channel 4 screening is the only time it has been shown in 16:9 widescreen.


Philo .


The Witches looked like a good alternative character at that time for Clint!
did you see it?
What was Clint's "conservative character" dressed in eye-glasses like to watch, i mean your reactions??
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Lin Sunderland on January 19, 2005, 04:17:41 AM
I have tried so hard to get a copy of the Witches but it just isn't available over here.  I'd like to know your reactions to it as well please, Philo.  Thanks  ;)
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: DonnaMadison on March 04, 2005, 09:04:38 AM
Has anyone seen the Italian film The Witches by Clint, and if so, where can I buy it or rent it?  No one knows what I am talking about. Thanks - Donna Madison
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: KC on March 04, 2005, 07:23:27 PM
Donna, lots of people here know what you're talking about, but if you don't happen to catch one of the rare telecasts, usually late at night on obscure cable channels, about the only way you can see it is to buy a bootleg copy from eBay.

Your post was originally in a completely unrelated thread. We've split it out and merged it with this one on the same topic.  You can always do a search before posting to see if the topic has already been discussed. Use the (http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/Themes/yabbse/images/english/search.gif) button on the links bar just below Clint's head at the top of the page.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Walt on March 05, 2005, 04:40:02 AM
It's awful and only worth seeking out for its curiosity value . If you never see it , don't worry , you're not missing much .
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: gimpy on March 05, 2005, 12:16:19 PM
Here's some shots taken from the movie. The bootleg VHS tape I have is really bad quality, recorded in SLP mode I believe, so the caps aren't so clear. But since most here will probably never see this flick and perhaps a side of Eastwood you've never seen before, here they are:

(http://www.zrrifle.com/witcaps.jpg)

HAHA!! those pics look hilarious!
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: D'Ambrosia on March 06, 2005, 06:38:16 AM
Looks like Matt's got himself some new avatars... :P
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 14, 2005, 04:06:34 AM
The Witches will be screened here in Australia on the SBS network next Saturday night(Sunday morning)at 12:05 a.m.
I saw this last time it was screened and didn't think much of it.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Walt on August 14, 2005, 04:59:26 AM
I agree with you TGY  .It's pretty awful and only worth seeing for Eastwood completists .
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: El bueno on August 14, 2005, 07:53:32 AM
I have tried so hard to get a copy of the Witches but it just isn't available over here.  I'd like to know your reactions to it as well please, Philo.  Thanks  ;)

I have a VHS to DVD transfer of ‘The Witches’ (acceptable quality). It is NTSC format.  I am happy to send you a copy if you pay postage.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 14, 2005, 08:21:10 AM
I have a VHS to DVD transfer of ‘The Witches’ (acceptable quality). It is NTSC format. I am happy to send you a copy if you pay postage.

Yes Please EL bueno.    I will PM you.    Thank you. :)
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: El bueno on August 16, 2005, 05:02:01 PM
I have a VHS to DVD transfer of ‘The Witches’ (acceptable quality). It is NTSC format.  I am happy to send you a copy if you pay postage.

I recently converted my DVD copy of "The Witches" from NTSC to PAL format.

No Problem Lin, happy to assist.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Christopher on June 03, 2007, 05:37:23 PM
I just saw that The Witches is scheduled to be on the Encore Mystery Channel this Tuesday morning (June 5) at 6:45 eastern U.S. time. I'm going to set the DVR to record it.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Christopher on June 06, 2007, 04:15:16 PM
I did remember to tape The Witches yesterday morning. From what people have said, it doesn't sound as if it's anything wonderful but I'll probably be watching it this weekend.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Christopher on July 07, 2007, 10:41:31 AM
I started watching The Witches one day last week. I saw pretty much the whole first segment and then stopped. I'm thinking I might just find the one Clint's in, watch it, and then be done with it. ;)
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Glenny on July 07, 2007, 11:42:01 AM
I watched it on youtube.
I never seen him so silly! ;D
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: KC on July 07, 2007, 12:27:00 PM
I started watching The Witches one day last week. I saw pretty much the whole first segment and then stopped. I'm thinking I might just find the one Clint's in, watch it, and then be done with it. ;)
It's the last segment, Christopher. And the others are eminently skippable. ;)
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Alcatraz on July 08, 2007, 07:27:28 AM
Haven't seen it and probably won't be able to. I'm not sure I have either of those channels.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: KC on July 08, 2007, 09:52:12 AM
I've now merged three threads on The Witches into one, so we won't have to  hunt so hard for discussions of this film. (I changed Dannyman's original topic title.)

I'm surprised that I seem to have neglected to post about this film when I saw it in the Morricone retrospective at NYC's Film Forum last February.

The four segments that precede Clint's (the Vittorio De Sica-directed "Una sera come le altre," or "A night like any other") range from forgettable (Visconti's "La strega bruciata viva") and two "short subjects" to excruciating (Pasolini's "La terra vista dalla luna"). Not sure where I'd class Clint's segment, if Clint weren't in it, but at best it seems like a joke that goes on too long. It's about a bored Italian housewife who wishes her American husband were more exciting, more like her dreams of America ... hey, maybe Clint got the inspiration to do Bridges from this experience. ;)

Anyway, there are a number of fantasy sequences that are imaginative visually and pretty comical (intentionally or no) dramatically, Matt had posted some stills, but they don't seem to be available any more.

Anyone else who has seen this movie, you're welcome to continue the discussion here. :)
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Glenny on July 09, 2007, 10:49:45 AM
Well, if you want to watch it...

Part one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW5pFvW4EIA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW5pFvW4EIA)

Part two.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH1v0o6s0sU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH1v0o6s0sU)
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: KC on July 09, 2007, 03:34:29 PM
Thanks for the links. Too bad whoever uploaded couldn't get the AR correct; it's unwatchable like that.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Francesca Kincaid on July 09, 2007, 09:20:34 PM
I watched it on there last night.  I thought it was kinda strange, I guess I'd say.  Clint was the best part about it.  He was funny in it.

And KC, what does AR stand for?
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: KC on July 09, 2007, 10:12:10 PM
Aspect ratio. It should be 1.66:1. Instead, it's 2.25:1.

As posted:
(http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/9133/witchesyoutube1ls5.jpg)

As meant to be seen:
(http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/2985/witchesyoutube1abn2.jpg)
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Francesca Kincaid on July 09, 2007, 10:44:45 PM
Oh okay.  Yeah, I see what you mean.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: philo on July 10, 2007, 05:38:00 AM
Aspect ratio. It should be 1.66:1. Instead, it's 2.25:1.

As posted:
(http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/9133/witchesyoutube1ls5.jpg)

As meant to be seen:
(http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/2985/witchesyoutube1abn2.jpg)

It is a shame because the film is shot 2.35:1 Techniscope.
I have a letterbox recording from the one UK channel 4 screening.
All other copies that seem to floating around are 1.37:1 (pan and scan) and NTSC.


Philo .

Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Glenny on July 10, 2007, 09:37:46 AM
Yeah...even setting it to fullscreen dosen't help.
I'm just greatful that I could see it.

My Dad got me this book a few years ago called "Eastwood" about his whole career in words and pictures.  I thought this seq. of The Witches was worth a watch.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: KC on July 10, 2007, 04:08:03 PM
It is a shame because the film is shot 2.35:1 Techniscope.
I have a letterbox recording from the one UK channel 4 screening.
All other copies that seem to floating around are 1.37:1 (pan and scan) and NTSC.


Philo .

That, I didn't realize, Philo. I was foolishly going by the info on the IMDb (which I KNOW is highly unreliable). Here's the same shot of Clint corrected to 1:37:1.
(http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/2994/witchesyoutube1bzy5.jpg)

I can't recall what the print looked like that I saw in February, unfortunately, but I'd assume it was widescreen.

Has anyone ever caught that other great cinematic classic, Ambush at Cimmaron Pass, in its original widescreen glory? ;)
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Americanbeauty on July 11, 2007, 10:23:00 AM
Well, if you want to watch it...

Part one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW5pFvW4EIA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW5pFvW4EIA)

Part two.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH1v0o6s0sU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH1v0o6s0sU)
I thought I'd never see The Witches -at least the parts with Eastwood. Thanks, Glenny. Interesting. But weird.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: philo on July 12, 2007, 07:25:00 AM
That, I didn't realize, Philo. I was foolishly going by the info on the IMDb (which I KNOW is highly unreliable). Here's the same shot of Clint corrected to 1:37:1.
(http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/2994/witchesyoutube1bzy5.jpg)

I can't recall what the print looked like that I saw in February, unfortunately, but I'd assume it was widescreen.

Has anyone ever caught that other great cinematic classic, Ambush at Cimmaron Pass, in its original widescreen glory? ;)


I will write to IMDB as I have been adding technical specs for other films and they now seem to be listening. I tried for years to correct on the aspect ratio for Tightrope and they would not take my word that they had it wrong until the widescreen DVD was finally released.  ::)

When I get enough time I will try and get a 16:9 frame grab of The Witches just to show the more correct composition.

KC,
I can't imagine a film print being struck in pan and scan, they did years ago when films were pre panned and scanned for television but that was a long time ago. So it appears you are one of the lucky few to have seen it on the big screen.  O0


Philo .
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: philo on July 12, 2007, 07:28:00 AM
Has anyone ever caught that other great cinematic classic, Ambush at Cimmaron Pass, in its original widescreen glory? ;)

A friend has a 16mm print that he has asked me to repair and transfer.

Not got around to it yet and I am not sure if it is scope or pan and scan.


Philo.
Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: KC on March 16, 2012, 10:13:08 PM
Bumping this old thread to point out that the ENTIRE FILM is now available on YouTube, in Italian with English subtitles:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH2ISk92Iyw

Aspect ratio is 1.80:1, but otherwise it looks very good.

Title: Re: Little-known Clint movie [The Witches]
Post by: Christopher on June 22, 2021, 12:24:03 PM
The Witches is currently available to stream on Paramount Plus. I was looking for a thread where I could mention it, and this seems to be one of the main discussion we've had about it. I had to laugh at my post here. ;D I don't know if I ever did watch Eastwood's segment. Guess I can do that now (and I didn't remember trying to watch the movie before)
I started watching The Witches one day last week. I saw pretty much the whole first segment and then stopped. I'm thinking I might just find the one Clint's in, watch it, and then be done with it. ;)