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

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      79% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 75% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Read More Read Less

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker So good it's thrilling. Sep 12, 2023 Full Review 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." Rated: 4/5 Aug 13, 2015 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times It's beautiful film, but it's a disappointment, a series of scenes in which peasants to wartime Italy seem to be posing for heroic post office murals. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Carol Flake Vanity Fair It's a bit long-winded, melodramatic, and meandering. Still, like a verismo opera, it sweeps us along, leaving us as forlorn as Galvano when the world returns to normal. Sep 20, 2019 Full Review Diego Galán El Pais (Spain) The film never loses its collective nature even if it sporadically focuses on the experiences of some of the characters that are depicted with fondness. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 27, 2019 Full Review Andrew L. Urban Urban Cinefile Lyricism, poetry, brutality, reality, fantasy; mixed and slowly stirred, make for a special mood Jan 23, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      S R 1001 movies to see before you die. Another lost Flixster rating. It was on Tubi. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 07/22/23 Full Review Audience Member [recently screened at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, January 2, 2016]. Too late to be a neorealist film, and too early and too 80's to be as stark as anything by Matteo Garrone (Gamorrah, 2008), this is a nostalgic tale of a band of Italian peasants fleeing and resisting fascism in 1944. That they await the Americans makes you wonder if any US-interested parties had some skin in the production game. It's not that the film is necessarily bad, as much as it has no felt electrical charge. You can skip this one. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Poetic italian drama with several winks to Fellini about the resilence and hope of the denizens of a tuscan village.No waste Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Since the overwhelming masterpiece <i>Allonsanfàn</i> (1974), the underrated Taviani brothers began to acquire international reputation from critics and film festivals alike in a positively increasing trend, including Cannes. However, along with this trend, their stories somehow began to become simpler as well. That is not necessarily a bad thing given the quality of their films, but the auteur signature began to become lost gradually. In simplicity lies complexity, a fact that sensitive people seem to comprehend. The premise of the plot, as stated before, is simple. The complexity lies in its layers of humanity, and this retelling of the "night of San Lorenzo, the night in which dreams come true", makes a fascinating contrast between contradictory themes: family, war, human tragedies, the futility of violence, sexual innocence, the Catholics and the Fascists, the old and the young ones... The way Italian cinema addresses family bonds and nostalgic autobiographical stamps throughout, which give hints of the past of the filmmakers, is something unparalleled. That has been their expertise, and remains to be today. Such emphasis on what defines us as "human" from both the positive and the negative connotations is so moving and thought-provoking, that their constant blasts of sexuality, implicit or graphic, can be forgiven, even if they contribute to the plot or the characters around 65% of the times. A very recommended viewing from the Taviani brothers who were still satisfying the expectations of Cannes, <i>The Night of San Lorenzo</i> treats war with an enthusiasm humanly impossible to have during such tumultuous times, with an enchanting perspective that borders on fantasy, sometimes satirical, even if doubtfully comedic during a few segments, which delivers what it promises. 86/100 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member The unbearable lightness of human barbarity. Great film! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Extraordinary movie telling the story of the escape from San Martino by a handful of citizens and their confrontation with Mussolini's fascists at the end of WW2, seen through the eyes of the 6yo Cecelia. Whimsical, amusing, tense and sometimes brutally realistic, this film is shot through with sadness but also at times indescribable beauty. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Paolo Taviani