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240 Ratings

Night of the Shooting Stars

La notte di San Lorenzo

Italy, 1982
Drama, History, War


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.

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Night of the Shooting Stars Directed by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1982 | 2 wins including: Grand Prize of the Jury

Venice Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Venice Classics Award for Best Restored Film

The nightmare of war is sublimated, without making it banal, into a fairy tale about the absolute and desperate necessity to stay human even in the darkest times.
April 25, 2018
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Set in the Tuscan countryside during the summer of 1944, with the American forces advancing and the Germans in retreat, “Night of the Shooting Stars” is an unpredictable, often comic blend of sentimental naturalism and skillful hyperbole.
April 07, 2016
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The modestly sized church constitutes the largest structure of the film and is meant to offer a place of refuge for the displaced Italians. When it’s eventually blown to bits, the result is devastating, but logical. In times of modern wartime, the sanctuary can instantaneously become the burial ground.
February 18, 2016
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