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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:
... Galvano
... Concetta
Claudio Bigagli ... Corrado
Miriam Guidelli ... Belindia
Massimo Bonetti ... Nicola
... Mara
Sabina Vannucchi ... Rosanna
Giorgio Naddi ... Bishop
Renata Zamengo ... La Scardigli
Micol Guidelli ... Cecilia
Massimo Sarchielli ... Father Marmugi
... 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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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 »

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During the church explosion, plenty of smoke is visible when the attendees are leaving the place. However, none of those people can be seen or heard coughing. See more »

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Terrifyingly Beautiful
29 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film is an eye-opening look at Italian life during WWII. It reminds me of the stories my grandfather tells me of his life in 1930s Florence during the war, "We didn't have money for anything, not even water. The rich had it all." This movie shows us the sparseness of their lives, and the things that they still hold dear. There are scenes in which it is almost hard to watch, we are torn apart by the brutality of the war, but we are entranced by the people who are living through it. We meet ruthless fascists, and caring catholic priests and every moment describes to us the terrifying truth, and the hope that lets one continue. I could not imagine a more realistic, and emotional epic on the subject.


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