WriterEnnio De Concini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giorgio Bassani Release date1960 Initial releaseSeptember 13, 1960 (Italy) ScreenplayFlorestano Vancini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ennio de Concini CastBelinda Lee (Anna), Enrico Maria Salerno (Pino Barilari), Gabriele Ferzetti (Mario Villani), Gino Cervi (Carlo Aretusi), Raffaella Carrà (Ines) Similar moviesThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: Civil War, Casablanca, Equilibrium
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. The film stars Enrico Maria Salerno, Belinda Lee, Gabriele Ferzetti, Gino Cervi and Andrea Checchi.
In 2008 the film was selected to enter the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved.
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.
Enrico Maria Salerno - Pino Barilari
Belinda Lee - Anna Barilari
Gabriele Ferzetti - Franco Villani
Gino Cervi - Carlo Aretusi
Andrea Checchi - The pharmacist
Nerio Bernardi - Villani the lawyer
Isa Querio - Signora Villani
Raffaella Pelloni - Ines, Franco's sister
Loris Bazzocchi - Vincent
Carlo Di Maggio - Console Bolognesi
Alice Clements - Blanche Villani, Franco's wife
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.