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860 Ratings

A Special Day

Una giornata particolare

Directed by Ettore Scola
Italy, Canada, 1977
Drama, Romance, LGBT+

Synopsis

Set during the late 1930s on the day of the first meeting between Mussolini and Hitler. Left alone in her tenement home when her fascist husband runs off to attend the historic event, a housewife (Sophia Loren) strikes up a friendship with her homosexual neighbor (Marcello Mastroianni).

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A Special Day Directed by Ettore Scola

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Best Restored Film (Venezia Classici Award)

Academy Awards

1978 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

One of Scola’s most transcendent and trenchant films… Superbly played by Mastroianni, Gabriele is entirely convincing as a man whose entire life has been consumed by the act of hiding in plain sight, keeping his sexual orientation a secret from the rest of the world simply to survive. For her part, Sophia Loren’s Antonietta is a remarkably complex characterization of a woman who has been treated as chattel by her husband.
January 23, 2017
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Though it was shot three decades after the war, Ettore Scola’s A Special Day (1977) remains one of the most telling films ever made about Italian Fascism, viewing the period’s oppressive atmosphere and enforced flag-waving through the prism of a delicate human relationship between a man and a woman.
October 15, 2015
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Thankfully, the film doesn’t pretend that Gabriele suddenly undergoes a conversion, nor does it suggest that he’s bisexual—their lovemaking is mostly a passive act of kindness on his part. What’s troubling, rather, is the implicit suggestion that a woman can’t be fulfilled unless she’s getting properly laid. The carnal neediness is entirely hers, and comes off a bit demeaning.
October 14, 2015
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