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A Special Day

1977, Drama, 1h 46m

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In Rome, fascist supporter Emanuele (John Vernon) attends a parade commemorating Adolf Hitler's historic meeting with Italian leader Benito Mussolini, leaving his apolitical wife, Antonietta (Sophia Loren), to tend to household duties. Antonietta encounters a man, Gabriele (Marcello Mastroianni), who appears surprisingly nonplussed by the political event. Over the course of the day, the two forge a close friendship that will forever change their perceptions of life, love and politics.

Cast & Crew

Sophia Loren
Antonietta Taberi
John Vernon
Emanuele, the husband of Antonietta
Tiziano De Persio
Tiziano De Persio
Arnaldo
Maurizio Di Paolantonio
Maurizio Di Paolantonio
Fabio
Antonio Garibaldi
Antonio Garibaldi
Littorio
Nicole Magny
Nicole Magny
Officer's Daughter
Vittorio Guerrieri
Umberto Taberi
Armando Trovajoli
Original Music
Luciano Ricceri
Production Design
Luciano Ricceri
Set Decoration
Enrico Sabbatini
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  • Dec 09, 2013
    How does an audience feel watching two depressed characters fail to cheer each other up during a depressing time period in Italy? Well, I don't know about you, but I was both depressed and bored. I'm a big fan of both Loren and Mastroianni, but I love to see them do stuff, have fun, overcome obstacles... and none of that happened here. This is a slice of life story, and it seems more suited for the stage than for film. It isn't even interesting visually. In fact, the set, costumes, and general mis-en-scene, are also really boring. I'm not going to say that it's a terrible film, though. In the character's interactions and dialogue, there was a bit of tension and a promise of furthering the story. Unfortunate that nothing comes of it, but I liked thinking that something would happen. Plus, it's hard to make this setting fun. So, I'm going to say this movie is just so-so.
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