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Author Topic: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)  (Read 8281 times)

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Rosanna Schiaffino, Gian Maria Volonte and Richard Johnson star in one of my favourite Italian films to come out of the 60's. Ivan Rassimov even makes an appearance in one of his earliest roles.

I wouldn't usually quote straight from the imdb but I found this the best way to put across the basic plot of the film without totally spoiling it, I tried to write something myself but kept stumbling...

"Sergio (Johnson) has noticed an old woman (Consuela, played by Sarah Ferrati) who seems to be around him and near all the time and is quite surprised to learn that it was she who placed an ad in the local newspaper for somebody to chronicle her deceased husband's papers, which are quite erotic in nature. Sergio has doubts about this but accepts the job when he meets Consuela's' beautiful daughter Aura, ably portrayed by Rosanna Schiaffino, a dark-haired beauty who reminds somewhat of the great Italian horror actress Barbara Steele. The remainder of the story is the three-sided psychological duel between Aura, Consuela and Sergio. Sergio, very much a man of the world, surrenders his soul and self respect when he murders Aura's current lover in order to win the right to stay in the old woman's house to be near Aura. Only, the old woman has other plans, for she is a witch and can force Aura to come and go at will. For all practical purposes Consuela and Aura are one and the same person, and Consuela has been enamored of the handsome Sergio for a long time"







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Re: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
« Reply #1 on: 06 Nov 2007 - 16:39 »

I'm going to watch this tonight. It will surely be a great film.
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Re: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
« Reply #2 on: 06 Nov 2007 - 16:46 »

Let us know what you think Alexei.  :'(
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Re: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
« Reply #3 on: 06 Mar 2008 - 12:07 »

I actually agree with the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HORROR MOVIES review of this film in that it is a somewhat misogynistic adaptation of Carlos Fuentes' novel.  All of the changes from the novel to the film seem to have been made specifically to emphasize this.  I still like it.  It has a great atmosphere and the black and white photography would probably look lovely in a new transfer and Richard Johnson's always a fun lead.  I'd love a CD of the score, too.

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Re: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
« Reply #4 on: 11 Oct 2011 - 10:38 »

Just noticed John Bernhard's post over at Latarnia that points out a nice widescreen TV print that has been fandubbed...





http://thelatarniaforums.yuku.com/topic/10385/La-Strega-in-Amore-widescreen-tv-print#.TpQbTHKJCSo

Anyone got a DVD-R of it they can trade with me?
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Re: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
« Reply #5 on: 11 Oct 2011 - 21:38 »


A friend says he's got hold of a copy for me... I watched the fullscreen version for the first time the other day, inspired by that Latarnia post, and wondered why I hadn't gotten around to watching it sooner. Another gem, with some great performances. I wonder if there's any chance of a fansub surfacing?


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Re: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
« Reply #6 on: 12 Oct 2011 - 05:35 »

Very soon by all accounts.
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Re: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
« Reply #7 on: 12 Oct 2011 - 11:24 »

Just had this one come through the post this morning. A major improvement over the version Jonny sent me a while back. Might try and watch it tonight.
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Re: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
« Reply #8 on: 12 Oct 2011 - 21:20 »


What's the sound like? Is it an improvement over the fullscreen version? (Can't remember the name of the company that released it...)



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Re: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
« Reply #9 on: 15 Oct 2011 - 12:41 »


I can answer my own question here... the sound is decent, but not amazing: about the same as the fullscreen version. But I take my hat off to whoever has put this major upgrade together. Nice menus etc and the picture is fantastic... I don't think the screenshots really do them justice. I'll be watching this again - soon!


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« Reply #10 on: 04 Nov 2011 - 20:11 »

Good to see my fandub getting through to more people , plus the sky ident is'nt over the picture like the first version

previous screen grabs in the posts above are from the english only AVI btw this is dvd cap






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Re: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
« Reply #11 on: 04 Nov 2011 - 21:34 »


Good to see you standing up and taking the credit for your work. A really nice job, and a much-needed upgrade. Thank you!


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Re: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
« Reply #12 on: 22 Jan 2014 - 17:32 »

Has anybody seen this and can comment on the quality?
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« Reply #13 on: 22 Jan 2014 - 18:00 »











dont pay anything for this , its a non profit fandub.

the legimate dvd is shit

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Re: The Witch / La strega in amore (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
« Reply #14 on: 23 Jan 2014 - 06:31 »

Thanks for saving me some money. The company that released this - Video Dimensions -are even a seller on Amazon!
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