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A Special Day

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1977
  • Ettore Scola
  • 105 mins
  • 12

Summary

In Italian.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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AntoniettaSophia Loren
GabrieleMarcello Mastroianni
EmanueleJohn Vernon
ConciergeFrançoise Berd

Crew

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DirectorEttore Scola

Details

Theatrical distributor
Gala Film Dists Ltd
Languages
English | Italian
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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