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The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)

La notte di San Lorenzo (original title)
The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore. In 1944, a group of Italians flee their town after hearing rumours that ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Omero Antonutti ...
Galvano
Margarita Lozano ...
Concetta
Claudio Bigagli ...
Corrado
Miriam Guidelli ...
Belindia
Massimo Bonetti ...
Nicola
Enrica Maria Modugno ...
Mara
Sabina Vannucchi ...
Rosanna
Giorgio Naddi ...
Bishop
Renata Zamengo ...
La Scardigli
Micol Guidelli ...
Cecilia
Massimo Sarchielli ...
Father Marmugi
Giovanni Guidelli ...
Marmugi Junior
Mario Spallino ...
Bruno
Paolo Hendel ...
Dilvo
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The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore. In 1944, a group of Italians flee their town after hearing rumours that the Nazis plan to blow it up and that the Americans are about to arrive to liberate them. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Drama | Romance | War

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16 September 1982 (Italy)  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

A man, likely Dilvo, raises watermelon to his mouth with both hands, but in the next shot is eating it only with the right hand. See more »

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Featured in Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember (1997) See more »

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A magic and gripping experience
9 September 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

There are many ways to portrait war, and the Tavianis choose a very circuitous one: By showing it through the eyes of a group of refugees - who, naturally, try to stay away from the fights as much as possible. Many of those refugees are real characters, with little stories of their own, so it's less a film about the actual WW2, but rather about how people react to war as a whole, how it can bring out the best (or worst) in a man and how it upsets everything you took for granted.

One of the nicest things about "La notte di San Lorenzo" is how there's always something lovely or funny to be found - comic or beautiful situations under the direst of circumstances, even if the laughter dies in your throat a few seconds later when violence cruelly rises again. This film celebrates life and humanity itself!


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