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La Notte di San Lorenzo (Night of the Shooting Stars) (The Night of San Lorenzo) (1982)


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In Tuscan lore, the evening of August 10th is la notte di san lorenzo (the night of the shooting stars). Each of these stars is believed to grant one wish. In this celebrated film by Italy's Taviani brothers, a woman asks for the words to tell her son about that same night during the last days of World War II. The Nazis occupied Italy and the fascists had mined her small Tuscan village of San Martino. Skeptical of the fascists' promise that all peasants will be safe in San Martino's cathedral, a

Apr 1, 2008

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Lyricism, poetry, brutality, reality, fantasy; mixed and slowly stirred, make for a special mood

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

One of the greatest films of the 1980s.

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...not enough to sustain our interest through a 105-minute movie, despite the obvious earnestness with which the brothers have imbued the story.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A parabolic Italian film about freedom, death, and grace set during World War II in the Tuscany region of Italy.

January 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for La Notte di San Lorenzo (Night of the Shooting Stars) (The Night of San Lorenzo)

A group of Italian villagers struggle to survive the final days of WWII, battling Nazi sympathizers and anxiously awaiting the arrival of the American soldiers who will liberate them.

La Notte di San Lorenzo is a good film that may have been great had it be given a larger budget. For example, the highly anticipated American army is represented by a whopping TWO soldiers (neither of which ever utter a word), war planes are heard but never seen, an explosion in the church is represented by loud sound effects and a little smoke coming out of the door, etc., etc., etc... Still, you have to credit the Taviani brothers for making the most of what they had and giving us a film that seems to live well beyond it's means.
July 6, 2009
Randy Tippy

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this movie has action, tragedy, war, humor, love, lust, history, fairy tales, heroes, blissful children, time-chastened old folks, prayers & desperate wishes, class conflict, (meaningful) politics, cold-blooded murder, tarnished violence for freedom, and the heritage of every kind of Italian movie
December 20, 2007

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