A special day

A special day

DVD - 2015 | Italian
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On the day of a huge rally celebrating Hitler's visit to Rome, which underscored the infamous alliance between the Nazis and Mussolini's fascist regime, a brief encounter between a weary housewife and a radio announcer unfolds into an intimate drama.

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nordicleather
Nov 21, 2017

Unable to fully review due to the poor condition of the disc. One only has so much patience.

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ecce
Aug 30, 2017

Sophia Loren, in a 2015 interview, named this film and "Two Women" as her best films. She's right, of course.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 24, 2017

A rediscovered gem from the 1970s, beautifully restored and re-released by the Criterion Collection. The "special day" ("Una Giornata Particolare") in question is in 1938 when Hitler visited Rome and Mussolini rolled out the red carpet. It begins with documentary footage, but this historical event is the backdrop to the real story, a brief, unlikely relationship between 2 lonely people in an apartment complex. Sofia Loren, playing against type as a dowdy housewife, and Marcello Mastroianni were one of the great screen teams and this is one of their most interesting pairings. Both are understated and touching, as is the film, written and directed by Ettore Scola, who wrote one of my favorite Italian movies from the 60s, "Il Sorpasso." Almost all of the film takes place in the apartment building, but it's never slow or meandering. It has a unique, de-saturated look, which resembles a faded picture. Quietly heartbreaking. Produced by Loren's husband, Carlo Ponti. The special features include an interview with Loren, an interview with Scola, and 2 old Dick Cavatt shows with Loren and Mastroianni.

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voisjoe1_0
Jun 29, 2016

This 1977 film (beautifully restored by Criterion) depicting Italians on the special day in 1938 in which Hitler came to Rome to make an alliance with Mussolini tells the tale of two woeful souls played by Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, in role types unique to their careers. Don’t peek at the film description prior to watching as all the reviews I’ve seen are true spoilers. This is one of the best films that I have seen this year. It was Oscar nominated as best foreign film and best actor. It won the Golden Globe as best foreign film and Mastroianni was Golden Globe nominated as best actor. While the film is mostly about these two souls, it is also a warning to beware of strong men making false political promises. Kinda important in the good old USA in 2016 in which one of the presidential candidates struts around like a strong man.

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axmilani
Feb 17, 2016

This specific dvd transfer is very poor quality. It is dubbed, not in widescreen (it is supposed to be), and it has a black bar through the bottom of the picture across 98% of the screen. Not only that but the colors are way off and the entire thing is basically distorted.

I didn't try to watch it because the quality was too poor. Hopefully CPL will get the Criterion version -- I wouldn't check this out.

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