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 by||Florestano Vancini|
|Produced by||Tonino Cervi|
|Written by||Florestano Vancini|
Ennio De Concini
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Giorgio Bassani (novel)
|Starring||Enrico Maria Salerno|
|Music by||Carlo Rustichelli|
|Cinematography||Carlo Di Palma|
|Edited by||Nino Baragli|
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.
- Enrico Maria Salerno as Pino Barillari
- Belinda Lee as Anna Barillari
- Gabriele Ferzetti - Franco Villani
- Gino Cervi as Carlo Aretusi aka "Sciagura"
- Andrea Checchi as Chemist
- Nerio Bernardi as Father of Franco
- Isa Querio as Mother of Franco
- Raffaella Pelloni as Ines, Franco's sister
- Loris Bazzocchi as Vincenzi
- Carlo Di Maggio as Mario Bolognesi
- Alice Clements as Blanche Villani, Franco's wife
Enrico Maria Salerno won a Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actor at the 1961 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists awards.
- Massimo Bertarelli, Il cinema italiano in 100 film: i 100 film da salvare, Gremese Editore, 2004, ISBN 88-8440-340-5.
- Massimo Borriello (4 March 2008). "Cento film e un'Italia da non dimenticare". Movieplayer. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
- "Ecco i cento film italiani da salvare". Corriere della Sera. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
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