Set during the late 1930s on the day of the first meeting between Mussolini and Hitler. Left alone in her tenement home when her fascist husband runs off to attend the historic event, a housewife (Sophia Loren) strikes up a friendship with her homosexual neighbor (Marcello Mastroianni).
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This is such a moving film in its subtle depiction of the banality of evil. Two people trapped in tragic situations albeit different but just as hopeless while all those around them ignorantly allow themselves to be swept away by Fascism unknowing that but for the luck of the draw they too could become victims of arbitrary cruelty.
The cinematography is absolutely brilliant here, from the fluid camera movements to the stark and beautiful color of the film. Also Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren give stellar performances, proving that they were one of the greatest cinematic duos of all time and could play against type with just as much ease as if they were cast as type. A true masterpiece.
Beautiful film for grown-ups. Really innovative use of background sound to create intensity and luscious sets and sepia photography create a unique cinematic environment. 2014 restoration looks great. 4.4 stars.
Such a precious gem of Italian cinema, "Una Giornata Particolare" showcases Ettore Scola's beautifully sensitive direction and the never-ending talents of Mastroianni and Loren, making for a truly heartbreaking and moving film.
This is a bizarre film. Dolefully filmed in pseudo-period sepia and clumsily dubbed into wooden English in Canada, Sophia Loren is a dowdy frustrated housewife and Marcello Mastroianni is a depressed poofter; the least realistic casting ever and the least likely couple to have an on-screen bonk.
Ettore Scola is never better than when he tells us a simple story with a political background noise. In UNA GIORNATA PARTICOLARE, during almost the whole movie, we hear the Italian radio describing the manifestations of the encounter between Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in 1938 in Rome. A masterpiece to rediscover. Yes.