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A Special Day(Una giornata particolare)

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Italy, Canada · 1977
1h 46m
Director Ettore Scola
Starring Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Françoise Berd
Genre Drama, Romance

In the 1930s, when Hitler visits Rome for the first time, only two neighbors are left at home while the others go to the square. Housewife Antonietta and repressed gay man Gabriele encounter each other in their building and develop a something of a friendship. As the day turns to night, Antonietta and Gabriele develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both of their outlooks on life.

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Yasmeen Gaber Profile picture for Yasmeen Gaber

This film is a hidden gem in Italian cinema of the 20th century. Scola's examinations of Fascism, family, femininity, womanhood, love, and friendship are deeply complicated and beautifully woven. Performances from Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren are subtle and brilliant as always, and the dramatic construction of the film is almost like that of a stage play. I recommend for anyone looking for a masterclass in acting from the heyday of Italian cinema.

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