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Night Of Shooting Stars  [DVD] 
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Semi-autobiographical film from the Taviani Brothers which won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1982. On the night of San Lorenzo, the night of falling stars when wishes come true, a woman recalls for her lover the same night in August 1944 when the Tuscan town of San Martino was threatened with destruction by the Nazis as the Americans advanced. Instead of falling stars there were exploding shells lighting up the night sky as many of the peasants fled and joined up with a resistance group, prior to a bloody battle taking place between them and the Facists on the eve of Liberation.
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On the face of it, the two-disc UK release of one of the best Italian films of the 80s seems like a great buy, containing an hour long documentary and an hour-and-a-half interview with the Taviani brothers. Unfortunately the transfer is so bad it's like watching a computer download through a dirty window - and the extras look like a bad dupe of a computer download through a dirty window. It's a magnificent, magical movie, but stick to the Region 1 edition. This does not do it justice.
The movie is narrated by a woman who was a six year-old in the little band of townsfolk who escaped the village. The story is episodic and choppy, juxtaposing scenes that aren't always understandable. We never get to know any of the townsfolk as individuals; instead, we are overwhelmed with the general misery of war - the deprivation, constant fear, the cruelty, and even some surreal visions.
I guess I missed the actual night of shooting stars and it was annoying to miss the significance of the title. Also, I was often confused as to who was who, but overall, it is quite an effective wartime horror story. In Italian with subtitles.
It is unfortunate the reviewer above had technical difficulties with his copy. Don't let that put you off. You'd really be missing out on a truly remarkable, extraordinary film
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