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A.k.a.
A Special Day
Year
1977
Runtime
106 min.
Director
Ettore Scola
Genre
Drama
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
6,836
Checks
1,374
Favs
210
Dislikes
5
Favs/checks
15.3% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
42:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Wow wow wow wow... A Special Day is special indeed. A delicate and elegant film about fascism's "accepted oppression" set in 1938 Italy, in fact on the day Hitler came to visit Rome. A national holiday, everyone races out to the parade, but our two leads have a reason to stay home. Sophia Loren is a shabby, tired housewife, one who accepts fascism's proposed values. Marcello Mastroianni is a gay subversive (but only really subversive for daring to exist) living across the courtyard in the same apartment complex. Both are playing against type, but they have such star power, it hardly matters, and though a romance would seem impossible from that precis, nevertheless something develops between them over the course of that one day. And throughout, the state propaganda blares out from the nasty concierge's radio, inescapable. One character is obviously oppressed, but so is the other, and the sad part is her realizing she is. Fascist values - which then as now must curtail the rights of women - once comforted her in her unhappy marriage, but after this one day's idyll, no longer. At the end, like the parroting myna bird that allowed for their meeting, they return to their cages. The acting is impeccable. The sepia-toned cinematography cheats us into thinking this is about the past. Great use of location. Wonderful on every level. 1 year 8 months ago
  2. Nilofarish's avatar

    Nilofarish

    Very good movie. Marcello Mastroianni is very good in this movie. And I always love to see a movie with the great Sophia Loren in it. 11 years 9 months ago
  3. George Bailey's avatar

    George Bailey

    Amazing 10 years 1 month ago
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  1. This movie ranks #36 in FilmTV's The Best Italian Films
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  2. This movie ranks #98 in Roy Menarini's Il Grande Cinema Italiano
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  3. This movie ranks #117 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film Nominees
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  5. This movie ranks #608 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
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  6. This movie ranks #919 in The Criterion Collection
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