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:: Night Of The Shooting Stars

A brilliant, magnificent film from Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. It has been the winner of many international prizes, including Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1982 and five David di Donatello Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. The Night of the Shooting Stars is undoubtedly one of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's most accomplished works. The film transports its viewers back to WW2 in the eve of the Night of San Lorenzo, the night when dreams come true. In San Martino, a small Tuscan village, the locals are faced with a difficult dilemma - to follow the orders of their Nazi occupiers or look for the American liberators who apparently are getting closer and closer.

Told as one long, continuous, flashback The Night of the Shooting Stars isn't necessarily a film bursting with realism. Even though death, pain, and sorrow appear to be embedded into the story, this is film feels like a fairytale. It is beautiful to behold, incredibly colourful, full of poetic sequences. The Night of the Shooting Stars feels like a poem, a beautiful tale of courage and love.

The evocative soundtrack by Nicola Piovani blends perfectly with the film‘s dreamy visuals. It effectively lullabies the viewer into the sweet yet deceiving world of Tuscany where the fascists’ hegemony is slowly eroding.

Modern Italian cinema owes a great deal to the Taviani brothers, who continually it seems force the country to look back at its own identity with an unflinching eye. That it is unflinching in the lens of a little girl is merely an inconsistency that does not permeate the beauty of the subject matter. Yes, it seems somewhat detached, for we cannot know these people any more than the infant son that Cecilia tells her story to. Rarely have I seen a film that feels detached yet that is so powerful.

DVD Extras

Taking About Cinema: Taviani Brothers Interview

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