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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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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 | Romance | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985) See more »

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a wartime reminiscence
21 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

The fraternal filmmaking team of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani recall the closing days of World War II with mingled affection and pain, looking back at the fate of one small northern Italian village (ostensibly their own childhood home) set in the path of opposing armies. Combining their typically lyrical approach to storytelling with a remarkable feel for setting, the two directors follow a small group of villagers as they steal through enemy lines one night in an attempt to meet the advancing Allied troops. Seen through the rose-colored lens of memory, the Taviani brothers' episodic reminiscences take the horror (but not the hurt) out of battle, reducing all the bloodshed and rage to a poignant and distinctly recalled tragedy.


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