Monday, April 3 – 5 pm – room 9A
This movie is part of Prof. Luca Pes’ course “Italian Contemporary History in Films”
Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Starring Margarita Lozano, Omero Antonutti
Genres drama,romance, war Release date 16 September 1982 (Italy)
Running time 105 minutes Languages Italian
The film is set in the small village of San Martino. In the summer of 1944, in the middle of World War II and the Resistance, the Nazis forces assemble the village’s inhabitants inside the city’s church. Sensing a trap, the farmer Galvano, with a group of people, runs off to meet the allied forces arriving from the south.
“A distinctive and restless force in European cinema for more than 35 years, the Taviani brothers mastered an eloquent stylistic bridge between Rossellini’s stringency and Fellini’s braggadocio.
1982′s The Night of the Shooting Stars remains their premier achievement and arguably the best Italian film of the ’80s. Fantastic and episodic, this saga of Italian villagers roaming the Nazi-upended countryside searching for the liberating armies combines doom, magic and absurdism with spectacular confidence. This mid-career masterpiece (told as mythopoetic flashback by its six-year-old protagonist, now grown into parenthood) is a traumatic oral history seen from the inside out”.
Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
Best Film Prize and Critics International Award at Cannes in 1982.