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Jean-Marie Straub – Le streghe, femmes entre elles (2009)

Le Streghe, Femmes entre elles (The Witches, Women among Themselves).2008. France/Italy. Written and directed by Jean-Marie Straub. Based on Dialogues with Leucò, by Cesare Pavese. With Giovanna Giuliani, Giovanna Daddi. 35mm. In Italian. 21 min.

The enchantress Circe recounts to Leucò her attempts to bewitch and bed Odysseus. She talks about men and women, the human and the divine, and the brave hero who chooses to become neither pig nor God. In her adamantine repose, Circe also hints at the monotony of her own immortal fate, and contrasts it with the vibrating currents of life she so dearly craves and envies in Odysseus, with his longing for home, childhood, and love. These women-demigods are frank and sensitive at the same time, like the men of Raoul Walsh’s films, where the communities of male and female are deathly separate, and massive to each other. Walsh made a western, The Tall Men, in 1955. This 2008 Straub-film is its reverse shot. (Joshua Siegel – MoMA)

“The dialog is question here, “The Witches,” which Straub inexplicably renamed in French “Femmes entre elles,” is Circe telling Leucotea why Odysseus left her.
Pavese’s Dialoghi con Leucò (note accent) consists of 26 dialogs between 52 mythical characters. 6 of these conversations were filmed in Dalla nube alla resistenza; 5 more (the last 5) in Quei loro incontri; then 2 were filmed separately, Le Genou d’Artemide (note no accent) and Le streghe. These last three are technically French films, albeit filmed in Italy with Italian actors in Italian.”


Container: Matroska
Runtime: 20mn 4s
Size: 337 MiB
Codec: x264
Resolution: 716x572 ~> 762x572
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Frame rate: 25.000 fps
Bit rate: 2 150 Kbps
BPP: 0.210
#1: Italian 2.0ch AC-3 @ 192 Kbps (Italian)


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