A brilliant movie with outstanding performances. Loren and Mastroianni being so different from what they're used to be, and without obvious make up. It has a very documentary-like style, being purely natural, so you can concentrate on the story and the characters. A special day is a special movie! And it's about revelation and passion.
A woman blind in her faith, not only to her politics but to her husband and children. A man who had to learn exile to learn his liberation. They have more in common than may seem natural. Loren and Mastroianni give excellent performances, subtle and melodic in every move. Love the claustrophobia of the apartment rooms while the gnat-like buzz of the radio broadcast plays int he background. Did we need the sex scene?
Ettore Scola was nicknamed by many obituaries as an unimportant filmmaker. Perhaps those journalists have forgotten to see "A Special Day" and contemplate the elegant and poetic composition of the shots, the melody of the chemistry between Loren and Mastroianni. A deep, dense and fascinating film, which has it all the demons of fascist Italy. Just this movie proves that Scola deserves to be more appreciated.
Excellent cinematography here, from the fluid camera movement to the sepia saturated tone used throughout. Scola's film is gladly getting more attn lately thanks to Criterion release, as it deserves to be rediscovered. Mastroianni and Loren provide understated beautiful performances, some of the most memorable in either of their illustrious careers. A real masterpiece and a highlight of 70s world cinema. 5 easy stars
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.
As if the star wattage alone isn't enough to warrant a recommendation, the divine camera work, rich sepia tone, and grotty set-dressing make for a uniquely intoxicating atmosphere of melancholy and malaise. Loren and Mastroianni are perfection personified and the constant droning of the parade celebrating Hitler's 1938 visit to Rome underscoring their scenes is a stroke of genius. A potent masterpiece.
"come in un sogno quando vuoi gridare e non ci riesci perché ti manca il respiro. però ho voglia di parlare, parlare, parlare! te ne accorgi, vero? oppure che ti devo dire, scendere nella strada, fermare il primo sconosciuto e raccontargli tutti i fatti miei, ma fino a spaventarlo, a scandalizzarlo, a menargli, sì, fargli del male! qualunque cosa, piuttosto che stare solo in questa casa che odio."
Che dire? Grazie. Bravi attori, bella regia, bello lo spunto (il primo film a parlare di omosessualità in Italia non in tema caricaturale e denuncia di quanto sia terribilmente falsa l'idea che "Si stava meglio quando si stava peggio"). Storia di due marginali sotto il fascismo. Da vedere e rivedere. Restauro della cineteca nazionale di Roma magnifico