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The Night of the Shooting Stars -- A mother shares a bedtime story with her child of her experience during the war which takes on the quality of fairytale as seen through the eyes of a six year old.


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1982 (UK) See more »
The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore... See more » | Add synopsis »
19 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Falling stars See more (19 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leila Amodeo
Beatrice Bardelli ... Woman in Canteen
Sauro Baschieri ... Fascist
Samanta Boi ... Rosanna as a child
Luca Canadri ... Fascist
Dario Cantarelli ... Priest
Sergi Dagliana ... Olinto
Andrea Di Bari ... Rosanna's Fascist Cousin
Marco Fastame ... Gino
Giuseppe Furia ... Requiem
Graziella Galvani ... Signora Migliorati
Edoardo Gazzetti ... Egisto
Carlo Gensini ... Ruggero
Vinicio Gioli ... Belindia's Father
Andrea Giuntini ... Gudo
Evelina Gori ... Old Peasant Woman
Antonella Guidelli ... Renata
Mirio Guidelli ... Duilio
Titta Guidelli ... Alfredina
Giuseppe Lo Parco ... Fascist
Laura Mannucchi ... Signora Naldini
Gianni Mantelli ... Fascist
Norma Martelli ... Ivana
Guido Marziali ... Naldini
Luciana Mattioli ... Woman of the Mountain (as Lucia Mattioli)
Rinaldo Mirannalti ... Attorney Migliorati
Mauro Monni ... Dante
Carla Montemagno ... Family Member on the Road
Lorenzo Montemagno ... Family Member on the Road
Vito Montemagno ... Family Member on the Road
Gianfranco Morandi ... Seminarist
Walter Pardini ... Fascist
Donata Piacentini ... Nicola's Mother
Franco Piacentini ... Nicola's Father
Roberta Pinzauti ... Old Peasant Woman's Niece
Antonio Prester ... Tuminello
Paolo Ricchi ... Singing German
Beatrice Righini ... Migliorati's Daughter
David Riondino ... Giglioli
Gianfranco Salemi ... Man in the Bus
Alessandra Toesca ... Rosanna's Friend
Maria Toesca ... Rosanna's Friend
Daniele Trambusti ... Fascist
Titti Travaglino ... Rosanna's Friend
Giuseppe Valdisserra ... Peasant

Directed by
Paolo Taviani 
Vittorio Taviani 
Writing credits
Paolo Taviani (screenplay) (as Paolo) &
Vittorio Taviani (screenplay) and
Giuliani G. De Negri (screenplay) (as Giuliani)

Tonino Guerra (collaboration)

Produced by
Giuliani G. De Negri .... producer
Original Music by
Nicola Piovani 
Cinematography by
Franco Di Giacomo 
Film Editing by
Roberto Perpignani 
Production Design by
Gianni Sbarra 
Costume Design by
Lina Nerli Taviani 
Makeup Department
Gloria Fava .... makeup artist
Anna Graziosi .... hair stylist (as Anna Maria Graziosi)
Stefania Sapori .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Luciano Balducci .... production manager
Barbara Galassi Beria .... production manager
Antonio Restivo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Aristarco .... first assistant director
Piero Boi .... assistant director
Enzo Cicchino .... assistant director
Art Department
Gabriele Casini .... assistant production designer
E. Rancati .... property master
Bruna Scala .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... recording director
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Fernando Caso .... sound effects
Edmondo Gintili .... foley recordist
Alvaro Gramigna .... sound effects
Hubrecht Nijhuis .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Luciano D'Achille .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Mauro Anzelotti .... key grip
Stefano Coletta .... assistant camera
Alberto Conti .... still photographer
Valerio Garzia .... gaffer
Antonio Monda .... still photographer
Carlo Tafani .... camera operator
Eraldo Barbona .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pamela Aicardi .... assistant costume designer
Maura Zuccherofino .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Graziana Quintalti .... second assistant editor
Fernando Quinteros .... second assistant editor
Carla Taviani Vezzoso .... first assistant editor
Giacomo Volpi .... color technician
Music Department
Nicola Piovani .... conductor
Other crew
Amelia Marconcini .... press attache
Roberto Ornaro .... administrator
Augusto Salvati .... gunsmith
Isabella Valoriani .... direction secretary
Isabella Valoriani .... script supervisor
Grazia Volpi .... production assistant
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Margarita Lozano (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La notte di San Lorenzo" - Italy (original title)
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105 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 (2010) (DVD) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (1995) | USA:R
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Falling stars, 15 February 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

The night of August 10th, when the feast of St. Lawrence is observed, is the time of the year when meteor showers can be observed in the sky. It has been a tradition in the western culture that wishing for a favor when watching the falling stars in the sky is a way to ask for love, riches and luck. The sky watchers can expect a spectacle like no other because of the way those distant lights are seen falling, fast and furious.

The brothers Taviani, Paolo and Vittorio, have always come out with interesting films that involve simple people, usually connected to the land. In "La Notte di San Lorenzo", the Tavianis take the viewer to witness a group of people from Tuscany during the last days of WWII. The story is told by a 6 years old girl who was too young to realize the horrors around her in those final days of the conflict.

In spite of the approaching American liberating army, there are still the horrible local Fascists, who knowing they were fighting a losing battle, terrorized their neighbors into submission. These misguided people, having mined most of the houses in the town, are feared by the local population. Some flee into the countryside, but some remain in the town, convinced that being in the big church will protect them against evil.

Things go from bad to worse. We see different vignettes involving some of the people, as they cope with the situation. There is Galvano, who has loved Concetta in silence and is finally, as in a miracle, gets his wish granted in the way that she acknowledges that she has always love him, even after both have been married to different people. There's the young pregnant young bride, who is expecting and who gets married at the beginning of the film, only to be separated from her husband in an ironic twist.

The Tavianis painted a huge canvas in which they situated the action. Tuscany in the summer is a lovely place to be, but one can't even comprehend that it was also the scene for the tragedy lived in Italy in those tragic years. The music by Nicola Piovani is effective in the background. Franco DiGiacomo's photography does wonders to make the film a great experience. The large cast does an excellent job for the Tavianis, who are ultimately, the ones to thank for their courage in presenting us this lyrical movie of beauty and death.

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