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Il Sole Anche di Notte (Night Sun) (The Sun Also Shines at Night) (1990)

Il Sole Anche di Notte (Night Sun) (The Sun Also Shines at Night) (1990)

Il Sole Anche di Notte (Night Sun) (The Sun Also Shines at Night)

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In this film, Tolsoy's classic story Father Sergius is translated from 19th century Russia to 19th century Italy. As in the original story, Sergio (Julian Sands) is a nobleman and a military cadet who is posted in a position close to the (in this case Neapolitan) throne. He is about go through with an arranged marriage linking him with a higher-ranking noblewoman (Natassja Kinski) when he discovers that she has been the King's mistress. Disgusted, he renounces the world and becomes a churchman and a hermit. At his hermitage, he encounters a woman who considers any priest, especially an ascetic one, fair game. She attempts to seduce him and he nearly succumbs, narrowly avoiding that fate by chopping off a finger, in a scene harking back directly to the 1918 Russian silent classic Otets Sergey. Soon after that, he begins to acquire a reputation as a miracle worker. However, by now he has succumbed to his ever-present demon of sexual temptation in the form of a conniving young girl, and he knows he is not worthy of the adulation he is receiving. Devastated by his lapse, he leaves the hermitage and wanders around Italy as a homeless beggar. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tonino Guerra, Paolo Taviani
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On DVD: May 17, 2005
Runtime:

Cast

Julian Sands
as Sergio Giuramondo
Massimo Bonetti
as Prince Santobuono
Margarita Lozano
as Sergio's Mother
Pamela Villoresi
as Giuseppina Giuramond...
Rüdiger Vogler
as King Charles
Sonia Gessner
as Duchess Del Carpio
Riccardo Parisio Per...
as Duke Del Carpio
Biagio Barone
as Father Biagio
Marco Di Stefano
as Officer in Coach
Giancarlo Giannini
as Sergio Giuramondo
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Critic Reviews for Il Sole Anche di Notte (Night Sun) (The Sun Also Shines at Night)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Il Sole Anche di Notte (Night Sun) (The Sun Also Shines at Night)

Beautiful cinematography and scoring are just the icing on the cake in this underrated film. The second film this week I watched where someone tried unsuccessfully to drown themselves.

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Natassia Kinsky and Charlotte Gainsbourgh are bright spots in this dark and disturbing saga. It was not difficult to understand what was happening in the story, but it was extremely hard to justify the actions. Seemingly arbitrary decisions that went against common sense made it difficult to become invested in the main character. A quite unsatisfying ending added to the disappointment. But with all that said, the movie's excellence in cinematography, music, acting, and direction made it hard to consider it a waste of time.

June 2010 - This is another one of the Taviani brothers' movies that leaves me more with nostalgia for movies of the past. The spiritual, humanist, new realistic and full of fantasy Italian movies of 50s and 60s that we miss so much. Unfortunately unlike some of the other movies of them, this one remains a bit scattered and different pieces of the movie don't match very well.

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