Film Review: A SPECIAL DAY, 1977

Festival Reviews

Tribute review for Sophia Loren, born today at September 20th. 

A SPECIAL DAY, 1977
Movie Reviews

Directed by: Ettore Scola

Starring Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastrioanni, John Vernon,

Review by Leslie McMurtry

SYNOPSIS:

It’s a very special day in 1939—the day Hitler first visits Mussolini in Rome. The event has been marked by a massive Fascist party rally and parade, drawing everyone in the city. An entire tenement block leaves for the parade, except housewife Antonietta and unemployed radio announcer Gabriele. A chance meeting causes the pair to return to each other’s company over and over during the day and in the space of a few short hours, they have formed a very close and ultimately redemptive bond.

REVIEW:

Archival footage shows the arrival of Hitler and his highest-ranking Nazi cohorts by train and Mussolini’s Fascist army meeting and greeting them in Rome. A radio announcer gives full details of the…

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