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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 »
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  (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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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A very personal experience of the horrors of war, 22 September 2003
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

The Night of the Shooting Stars is the semi-autobiographical recollection by the Taviani Brothers of the night when a group of peasants in a small Tuscan village left their homes that had been mined by the Fascists to look for liberating American soldiers rumored to be on the outskirts. Set on the night of the Feast of St. Lawrence in the closing days of World War II, and enhanced by a haunting score by Nicola Piovani, the film is a tragi-comic glimpse of what the war was like to an impressionable child filtered through years of memory. It is essentially a series of vignettes combining fact, memory, and poetic imagination told in flashback by a mother recalling her days as a 6-year old girl named Cecilia caught in the middle of war.

The film focuses on the nature of a conflict in which life long friends from the same village are often engaged in the struggle on different sides. Especially vivid is a scene involving a battle in a wheat field between the villagers and home grown Fascists, and a heart wrenching confrontation between the partisans and a father with his 15-year old son. There are many other poignant moments as well: a young couple expecting a child, the village priest who is a collaborator, and an elderly couple rekindling a romance started when they were adolescents.

Night of the Shooting Stars pays homage to the tradition of neo-realism, but also includes surrealistic moments such as when the young girl sees the partisans as Greek warriors, while the Fascist who threatens her life falls dead, pierced by multiple spears. Though Night of the Shooting Stars suffers from overacting, its unique approach allows us to see war as a very personal experience with all of its sadness and cruelty. It was also gratifying to see Americans being held in high esteem, an experience we haven't enjoyed much of recently.

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