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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
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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leila Amodeo
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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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17 September 1982 (Italy)  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The church scene, where Germans bomb the church full of people, was based on real life events that took place in San Miniato (the birthplace of Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani). However, more than two decades after this movie was made, the case was reopened and it was discovered, that the fatal bomb actually belonged to the American army, and hit the church accidentally. 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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Italian Masterpiece

My romance with Italian cinema dates from my childhood. Maybe it has a subliminal link with my mother's name from Calabria (Torchia), but I remember all those cinematic images and sounds as things very far yet familiar, and I identified with the passion, the laughter, and the cadence in the voices of all the characters I saw and heard on the screen. This drama by the Taviani brothers is from a latter date, but it had the same resonance on me, and I remember leaving the movie house in tears. Furthermore, it dealt with peasants in a situation of conflict that reaches an extreme level of violence, leading to death: it takes place during World War II, as in Pasolini's "Salò", but instead of powerful, rich and decadent men murdering young prisoners, "La notte di San Lorenzo" unfolds in open spaces, dealing with people closer to nature, with simpler and perennial values, revealing love among the old, ideological struggle between families, and hope. Framed by a scene in which a mother tells her child the story of what happened on the night of San Lorenzo, the film also deals with memory, with a touch of magic and poetry, as the events are seen through the child's eyes. With a most beautiful score by Nicola Piovani, this unsung masterpiece is a film not to be missed.


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