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A Special Day

A Special Day
  • 1977
  • Italy
  • 106 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ettore Scola
  • Written by: Maurizio Costanzo, Ruggero Maccari, Ettore Scola
  • Cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon
  • Language: Italian

This elusive political melodrama centres around two characters (Loren and Mastroianni) left in a building in Rome when all its other inhabitants have gone to a rally to celebrate Hitler's visit to Mussolini on 8 May 1938. With strong lead performances, Scola's film is greatly praised for its deliberate rendering of the nuances of time and place.

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Film Season - Marcello Mastroianni

10 Apr 2008

The son of a carpenter, Mastroianni trained as a draughtsman and served time in a Nazi labour camp during the war. Upon his release, he became involved in amateur dramatics. He made his film début in Riccardo Fredda’s I Miserabili (1948) and, at around…

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