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

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 16, 1982
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Ehrlich
Time Out

Although it spins in circles for too long before its climactic wheat-field shoot out, no other Taviani brothers film so vividly captures the prevailing ethos of their life's work: "Living may be tragic," Vittorio once said, "but life isn't."

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

One of the greatest films of the 1980s.

Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
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… More
Adam Mahler
this movie has action, tragedy, war, humor, love, lust, history, fairy tales, heroes, blissful children, time-chastened old folks, prayers & desperate… More