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A Special Day (1977)

Una giornata particolare (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | October 1977 (USA)
Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit to Italy in May 1938.

Director:

Ettore Scola

Writers:

Ruggero Maccari (screenplay), Ettore Scola (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Antonietta Taberi
Marcello Mastroianni ... Gabriele
John Vernon ... Emanuele Taberi
Françoise Berd ... Concierge
Patrizia Basso Patrizia Basso ... Romana Taberi
Tiziano De Persio Tiziano De Persio ... Arnaldo Taberi
Maurizio Di Paolantonio Maurizio Di Paolantonio ... Fabio Taberi
Antonio Garibaldi Antonio Garibaldi ... Littorio Taberi
Vittorio Guerrieri Vittorio Guerrieri ... Umberto Taberi
Alessandra Mussolini Alessandra Mussolini ... Maria Luisa Taberi
Nicole Magny Nicole Magny ... Officer's Daughter
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Storyline

It's the late 1930's Rome. It's a national holiday in Italy today for the first state visit of Adolf Hitler to the country. The occasion is being marked by a lavish parade with both Hitler and Benito Mussolini to celebrate their political friendship/alliance in the name of fascism. Most of the Roman populace will attend the parade to celebrate with their leader. Two that will not be are the following. Antonietta Taberi, who would have liked to have gone to the parade, has to stay at home to attend to her domestic chores in duty to her husband Emanuele and their six children, all who have gone to the parade without her. Gabriele is a former announcer on Italian Public Radio. Despite living in the same apartment complex (Gabriele only for the last two months) with their apartment windows facing each other across the courtyard, Antonietta and Gabriele meet for the first time today in Antonietta's need to access his apartment to retrieve her escaped myna bird. Their encounter is important... Written by Huggo

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A special film about two special people. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Canada

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Vernon's voice was dubbed into Italian by another actor. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, Antonietta is humming the song "Mamma" by Benjamino Gigli, but that wasn't released until two years later, in 1940. See more »

Quotes

Antonietta: A family only gets one mother. This family needs at least three. One to clean the rooms. One to handle the kitchen. And one to lie in bed all day. I could be that one.
[singing]
Antonietta: Mamma, My song wings its way to you alone, Mamma, You'll be with me, You'll never again be alone.
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Beautiful film about being human
14 November 2002 | by johannes-skarinSee all my reviews

I too was quite astonished to see how few people had voted on this film, and just HAD to write something about it, although my comments are quite similar to those written already.

I like many things about the film. The superb acting between Mastroianni & Loren. The way the film is narrated: Humanity and love slowly developing between these two outsiders, and contrasted to the simultaneously & continuously ongoing inhumane marching pace of the fascist radio announcer (who happens to be a colleague of Mastroianni's part)and the adherents "going to and coming from the show". To me this is a very fine film about what it is to be human. Maybe some of you would argue that the anti-fascist "message" is too clearly delivered, but to me this didn't destroy the film in any way. My vote is 10/10.


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