Cinema: A Grisly Bedtime Story

THE NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS

Directed and Written by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

The belief is as old as the Tuscan hills.

For the villagers of San Martino, the feast of San Lorenzo is the night when wishes come true. This night, Aug. 10, 1944, there is much to wish for and little hope of satisfaction. The German army is in retreat, dragging its dead across northern Italy. Gangs of Blackshirts, faithful to their Duce, are sweeping the countryside with kamikaze ferocity. The American G.I.s, tough-guy redeemers, may arrive tomorrow or never. So a...

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