Italian Film Festival

Una giornata particolare (A Special Day )

Info: Italy, 1977, 106 mins, Blu-ray Disc, 19+

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Ettore Scola

Cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon


  • Thursday January 11, 2018 - 2:15 pm

"This intentionally modest but deeply moving film is a high watermark for all involved… Scola is to be credited for his feminist critique of women under fascism, his modern understated treatment of homosexuality, and his successful examination of fascist politics – through the lens of a seemingly simple, human story that turns into an allegorical tale of immense significance. A Special Day reminds us that the human spirit can prevail even under the most totalitarian regimes. It is a timely reminder that all fascism must be resisted with vigilance, sacrifice, and bravery." Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Senses of CInema

"Funny and humane… an acting tour de force for Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni." Vincent Canby, New York Times

Italian cinema dream team Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni are cast against glamorous type and deliver two of the finest performances of their careers in this moving, quietly subversive drama from Ettore Scola. Though it’s set in Rome on the historic day in 1938 when Benito Mussolini and the city first rolled out the red carpet for Adolf Hitler, the film takes place entirely in a working-class apartment building, where an unexpected friendship blossoms between a pair of people who haven’t joined the festivities: a conservative housewife and mother tending to her domestic duties and a liberal radio broadcaster awaiting deportation. Scola paints an exquisite portrait in muted tones, a story of two individuals helpless in the face of Fascism’s rise.

Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Actor and Best Foreign Language Film) this is one of Scola’s finest achievements.