Long Night in 1943

Long Night in 1943, The Long Night of '43 or It Happened in '43 (original Italian title - La lunga notte del '43) is an Italian film of 1960 set in Ferrara, in the Italian Social Republic Nazi puppet state during the late stages of WW2. It was directed by Florestano Vancini and adapted by Vancini, Ennio De Concini and Pier Paolo Pasolini from a short story by Giorgio Bassani. The film stars Enrico Maria Salerno, Gino Cervi, Belinda Lee, Gabriele Ferzetti and Andrea Checchi.

La lunga notte del '43
Gino Cervi and Enrico Maria Salerno in a scene of the movie
Directed byFlorestano Vancini
Produced byTonino Cervi
Alessandro Jacovoni
Written byFlorestano Vancini
Ennio De Concini
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Giorgio Bassani (novel)
StarringEnrico Maria Salerno
Belinda Lee
Gabriele Ferzetti
Gino Cervi
Andrea Checchi
Music byCarlo Rustichelli
CinematographyCarlo Di Palma
Edited byNino Baragli
Release date
Running time
110 minutes

In 2008 the film was selected to enter the list of the "100 Italian films to be saved".[1][2][3]


During the Italian civil war Anna, the young wife of Pino, a wheelchair-bound chemist, starts an affair with Franco, an army deserter. Sciagura, a fanatical local Fascist leader, stages an assassination attempt to get rid of his opponents in the Fascist party and blames it on some resistance supporters. Among them is Franco's father. Sciagura orders the usual suspects to be shot in the night against the wall of Estense Castle. Pino can see everything from his window but doesn't say a word.



At the 1960 Venice Film Festival, the film won Vancini the award for Best First Work and a nomination for the Golden Lion (losing out to Le Passage du Rhin).

Enrico Maria Salerno won a Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actor at the 1961 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists awards.


  1. ^ Massimo Bertarelli, Il cinema italiano in 100 film: i 100 film da salvare, Gremese Editore, 2004, ISBN 88-8440-340-5.
  2. ^ Massimo Borriello (4 March 2008). "Cento film e un'Italia da non dimenticare". Movieplayer. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Ecco i cento film italiani da salvare". Corriere della Sera. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2013.

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