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Release Date:
26 February 1988 (Italy) See more »
The freshly graduated psychiatrist David shall deliver an opinion about young Maddalena, who's on trial for murdering a hunter... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Bellocchio's sorcery couldn't entirely hide a weak plot . See more (2 total) »


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Béatrice Dalle ... Maddalena

Daniel Ezralow ... Davide
Corinne Touzet ... Cristina
Jacques Weber ... Prof. Cadò
Renata Leoni
Roberta Lena
Daniele Nuccetelli
Sasa Vulicevic
Raffaella Rossellini
Stefano Abbati

Omero Antonutti ... Medico condotto
Eleonora Di Mario ... Strega #1
Francesca Trasci ... Strega #2
Laura Visconti ... Strega #3
Paolo De Vita ... Monatto
Nicola Calascio ... Monatto
Riccardo Barbera ... Monatto
Vincenzo Aronica ... Monatto (as Enzo Aronica)
Helena Coste ... Strega del Sabba / Donna nuda
Elena Cantarone ... Suora / Strega del Sabba
Alessandra Mida ... Strega del Sabba
Franco Garofalo ... Medico del '600
Lorenzo Majnoni ... Medico del '600
Riccardo Polizzy Carbonelli ... Medico del '600
Vanni Fois ... Inquisitore
Bianca Pesce ... Donna inseguita
Loris Bazzocchi ... Boia

Directed by
Marco Bellocchio 
Writing credits
Marco Bellocchio (story)

Marco Bellocchio (screenplay) &
Francesca Pirani (screenplay)

Produced by
André Djaoui .... co-producer
Claudio Mancini .... executive producer
Achille Manzotti .... producer
Raffaello Saragò .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Carlo Crivelli 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Lanci 
Film Editing by
Marco Bellocchio 
Mirco Garrone 
Production Design by
Giantito Burchiellaro 
Costume Design by
Silvana Fusacchia 
Anna Inciocchi 
Production Management
Tullio Lullo .... production manager
Silvia Natili .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Ricci .... assistant director
Sound Department
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Massimo Cristofanelli .... special effects technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto Belli .... gaffer
Gianni Caramanico .... still photographer
Fabio De Meis .... electrician
Massimo Rinella .... grip
Riccardo Serravalli .... grip
Fabrizio Vicari .... assistant camera
Location Management
Silvia Natili .... location manager
Other crew
Daniela Berardi .... payroll clerk
Laura Cimarelli .... production accountant
Roberto Malerba .... production assistant
Carlo Marini .... voice dubbing: Jacques Weber
Antonella Monetti .... voice dubbing: Béatrice Dalle
Franco Penna .... production accountant
Silvia Pepitoni .... voice dubbing: Corinne Touzet
Francesco Prando .... voice dubbing: Daniel Ezralow
Raffaella Rossellini .... choreographer
Daniel Ezralow .... choreographer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La visione del sabba" - Italy (original title)
"The Sabbath" - International (English title)
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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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11 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Bellocchio's sorcery couldn't entirely hide a weak plot ., 5 July 2005
Author: frippertronic81 from Cagliari, Italy

"La visione del Sabba" is a surrealistic tale about witchery , women , sexual desire and satisfaction . It tells the story of a young beautiful woman who has been accused of attempted murder . She is kept in a mental hospital because she claims to be a witch from the 17th century who has been waiting several centuries for the man worthy of taking away her virginity . The case is given to a young psychiatrist who soon becomes fascinated with her world of pagan pleasures and dreams . After the sight of the "Sabbath" during one of these visions , he completely falls under her witchcraft and voluntarily becomes the object of her satisfaction .

What is an interesting but vague and limited subject turns into a watchable film only thanks to Bellocchio's visual talent . The use of the metaphor of witchery to describe the sexual influence ( and power ) that women are able to exert on men it is a provocative reflection about the conventional roles in our society . But as a subject it's somehow like a candle that burns too fast and long before the end of the film it is extinguished . My impression is that the screenplay was not rich enough of ideas and twists and that this fact forced the director to over-extend many sequences , losing himself too often in a self-pleasing and sterile aesthetic ecstasy . Too often in this "Sabbath"-film we feel like the only ones who are truly having fun are the actors and the director .

Overall , it is a good provocative reflection about the power of women and how their desires and needs can make the world change . It is also a nice tale about witchery and an hymn to the pleasures of life . But it becomes too rapidly short of breath , and even through some well-directed scenes , in the second half of the story we feel like we're watching the same concept illustrated over and over again . Bellocchio showed us that he can do much better than this .

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