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Night of the Shooting Stars
(La Notte di San Lorenzo)
Italy - 1982
Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Tavianiwpe10.gif (20579 bytes)


This film is set during WWII, the summer of 1944.  The small, Tuscan town of San Martino awaits liberation by the Americans.  The occupying Nazis mine many homes and demand that the towns inhabitants, most of whom are living in a basement shelter, assemble in the local cathedral while the rest of the town is blown up.  A group of non-compliants decide to set out in search of the American Army. 

As seen through the memories of Rosanna, who was six-years old at the time, the film examines the way in which different people confront fear.  While the little girl is aware of the surrounding danger, she still muses to herself ..."I've never had so much fun".

The Tuscan countryside provides a beautiful backdrop to the unfolding events. This film is a good example of why we love foreign films.  Co-directors, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival (1982), as well as the National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Director and Best Film (1983).

Runtime:  106 Minutes


Guest Comments

From:  "J.P. McEvoy""Can you give me some background on the 'shooting stars'. What does San Lorenzo have to do with shooting stars. Is it on 125 August?"

editor's note:  As I recall, events in the film did occur on the night of the Festival of San Lorenzo, however, checking with the Catholic Church website on Saints and Feastdays, I find no mention of it.  Any experts out there that might shed some light?


From:  "Edward Mayes"

"August 10 is the feast day of San Lorenzo, the patron saint of cooks."

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