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La notte di San Lorenzo
Paolo und Vittorio Taviani (Italien 1982)

English text below.

«Die Nacht von San Lorenzo, die Nacht der Sternschnuppen, ist die Nacht, in der gemäss dem italienischen Volksglauben Träume wahr werden. 1944 flieht eine Gruppe von Italienern aus der toskanischen Stadt San Martino, nachdem sie Gerüchte gehört haben, dass die Nazis planen sie zu sprengen und dass die Amerikaner im Begriff sind, anzukommen, um sie zu befreien. Diese Kriegsgeschichte vom Überleben erzählt Concetta, eine liebevolle Mutter, die sich an ihre Flucht als 6-Jährige erinnert. Obwohl Tod und Leid in ihren Erinnerungen im Vordergrund stehen, verwandeln sich diese oft in surreale Träume, erfüllt von junger Liebe und Partisanenhelden, die wie griechische Krieger dargestellt werden.» (Andrew L. Urban, urbancinefile.com.au, 29,1.2009)

«The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore. In 1944, a group of Italians flee their Tuscan town of San Martino after hearing rumours that the Nazis plan to blow it up and that the Americans are about to arrive to liberate them. The wartime story of survival is told by Concetta, a loving mother, who recollects her flight as a 6-year-old. Though death and suffering are prominent in her memories, these often transform into surreal dreams filled with young love and partisan heroes painted as Greek warriors.
Balanced and see-sawing between hope and despair, a Tuscan village in World War II is waiting for either the Germans to blow them up or the American army to liberate them. This sets the mood, and establishes the tension. But the Taviani brothers, winners of the Palme d'Or at Cannes five years earlier with Padre Padrone, are not satisfied with telling a simple story, a recollection from the war. Littered with sudden, brutal scenes - like the iconic fantasy scene of Roman soldiers spearing a Fascist in a field - the film is nonetheless poetic and beautiful - it's Tuscany, after all.
Lyricism, poetry, brutality, reality, fantasy ... mixed and slowly stirred, make for a special mood, one that impressed the jury at Cannes in 1982, awarding the film the Grand Jury Prize (like 2nd prize after the Palme d'Or). For lovers of cinema, there is a special interest in the film's style and storytelling, its superb cinematography and the emotional soup in which it swims.
Life, death, love, hate and the randomness of it all - it's as if the night of the shooting stars, when your wishes come true, is just a cruel joke played on humanity. It's full of the Tavianis' romanticism, flavoured with realism. The film ends with a flourish of the former.»(Andrew L. Urban, urbancinefile.com.au, January 29, 2009)

Drehbuch: Paolo und Vittorio Taviani, Giuliani G. De Negri, Tonino Guerra
Kamera: Franco Di Giacomo
Musik: Nicola Piovani
Schnitt: Roberto Perpignani

Mit: Omero Antonutti (Galvano), Margarita Lozano (Concetta), Claudio Bigagli (Corrado), Massimo Bonetti (Nicola), Miriam Guidelli (Belindia), Enrica Maria Modugno (Mara), Sabina Vannucchi (Rosanna), Norma Martelli (Ivana)

105 Min., Farbe, DCP, I/d/f, J/14


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