A Special Day

A Special Day

Ettore Scola (1977)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Marcello Mastroianni earned an Oscar nomination for performing so subtly against type in this contrived romance dressed up as a sweeping statement about the human condition and Italy's Fascist past. It's beautifully set up, with Marcello's suicidal gay radio announcer and Sophia Loren's harassed mother of six meeting in a Roman tenement on the day in 1938 that Mussolini first played host to Hitler. But, for all the evident chemistry between the leads, the symbolism is heavy-handed and the dialogue drips with portentous pronouncements. As a melodrama it's passable, but as a parable about oppression and prejudice its failure is abject.


In Italian.

Cast & Crew

Antonietta Sophia Loren
Gabriele Marcello Mastroianni
Emanuele John Vernon
Director Ettore Scola

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Gala Film Dists LtdAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray