Long Night in 1943

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La lunga notte del '43
Directed by Florestano Vancini
Produced by Tonino Cervi
Alessandro Jacovoni
Written by Florestano Vancini
Ennio De Concini
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Giorgio Bassani (novel)
Starring Raffaella Pelloni
Belinda Lee
Gabriele Ferzetti
Enrico Maria Salerno
Andrea Checchi
Music by Carlo Rustichelli
Cinematography Carlo Di Palma
Edited by Nino Baragli
Release date
Running time
110 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

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 during the Allied invasion of Italy and Italian Social Republic in 1943 during the Second World War. It was directed by Florestano Vancini and adapted by Vancini, Ennio De Concini and Pier Paolo Pasolini from a short story by Giorgio Bassani.

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


The young wife of a wheelchair user starts an affair with an Italian Army deserter, just as a fanatical local Fascist of Italian Social Republic leader massacres his opponents to seize power. Among those opponents is the deserter's father.



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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