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The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)

La notte di San Lorenzo (original title)
In 1944, the residents of a small Italian town under Axis control flee their homes to seek out the liberating Allied forces.

Writers:

Paolo Taviani (screenplay) (as Paolo), Vittorio Taviani (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Omero Antonutti ... Galvano
Margarita Lozano ... Concetta
Claudio Bigagli ... Corrado
Miriam Guidelli Miriam Guidelli ... Belindia
Massimo Bonetti Massimo Bonetti ... Nicola
Enrica Maria Modugno ... Mara
Sabina Vannucchi Sabina Vannucchi ... Rosanna
Giorgio Naddi Giorgio Naddi ... Bishop
Renata Zamengo Renata Zamengo ... La Scardigli
Micol Guidelli Micol Guidelli ... Cecilia
Massimo Sarchielli ... Father Marmugi
Giovanni Guidelli ... Marmugi Junior
Mario Spallino Mario Spallino ... Bruno
Paolo Hendel Paolo Hendel ... Dilvo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leila Amodeo Leila Amodeo
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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War Fantasy in Italy
12 July 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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 rumors that the Nazis plan to blow it up and that the Americans are about to arrive to liberate them.

Pauline Kael wrote, "The Night of the Shooting Stars is so good it's thrilling. This new film encompasses a vision of the world. Comedy, tragedy, vaudeville, melodrama - they're all here, and inseparable...In its feeling and completeness, Shooting Stars may be close to the rank of Jean Renoir's bafflingly beautiful Grand Illusion...unreality doesn't seem divorced from experience (as it does with Fellini) - it's experience made more intense...For the Tavianis, as for Cecilia, the search for the American liberators is the time of their lives. For an American audience, the film stirs warm but tormenting memories of a time when we were beloved and were a hopeful people." I wouldn't heap on quite as much praise as Kael, but there are some memorable moments -- most notably the spear scene! I appreciate the concept of a fantasy film set during war, especially from the point of view of Italy, which was really in a unique position as far as their government goes. Their leader was a bad guy, but not generally considered on the same level as Hitler or Tojo. The use of fantasy elements in war is not new (it seems to be a way to show how children deal with trauma) but it is done a little differently here, maybe a bit darker and less comic.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

17 September 1982 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night of the Shooting Stars See more »

Filming Locations:

Empoli, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,414, 16 August 2015

Gross USA:

$2,257,307

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,257,307
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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