The film is set during the late 1930s: the occasion is the first meeting between Mussolini and Hitler. Left alone in her tenement home when her fascist husband runs off to attend the historic event, Sophia Loren strikes up a friendship with her homosexual neighbor Mastroianni. As the day segues into night, Loreon and Mastroianni develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both of their outlooks on life. –IMDb
Ettore Scola (born 10 May 1931) is an Italian screenwriter and film director. Scola was born in Trevico, province of Avellino (Campania).
He entered the film industry as a screenwriter in 1953, and directed his first movie, Let’s Talk About Women, in 1964. In 1974 Scola enjoyed international success with We All Loved Each Other So Much (C’eravamo tanto amati), a wide fresco of post-World War II Italy life and politics, dedicated to fellow director Vittorio De Sica. In 1976 he won the Prix de la mise en scène at Cannes Film Festival for Brutti, sporchi e cattivi.
Since then Ettore Scola has made several successful films, including A Special Day (1977), That Night In Varennes (1982), What Time Is It? (1989) and Captain Fracassa’s Journey (1990). Ettore Scola has directed close to 40 films in some 40 years, and he is still active.
His film Passione d’amore, adapted from a nineteenth-century novel… read more
Mais um filme essencial na filmografia de Scola, "Um dia muito especial" configura-se completo como um conto que se lê 'em uma sentada'. A dupla Mastroianni-Loren vive uma relação atípica durante um dia de suas vidas - exatamente quando Hitler vai a Itália! O uso da transmissão radiofônica da visita como trilha sonora cria um contraponto 'histórico' e crítico diante de um amor impossível de se realizar plenamente.