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Black Girls Black 620 ballet shoes Z Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit to Italy in May 1938.


Ettore Scola


Ruggero Maccari (screenplay), Ettore Scola (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Comedy | Drama | Romance

The rich man Domenico and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share great part of their lives in the immediate post WWII Italy.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Puglisi


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Complete credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Antonietta Taberi
Marcello Mastroianni ... Gabriele
John Vernon ... Emanuele Taberi
Françoise Berd ... Concierge
Patrizia Basso ... Romana Taberi
Tiziano De Persio ... Arnaldo Taberi
Maurizio Di Paolantonio ... Fabio Taberi
Antonio Garibaldi ... Littorio Taberi
Vittorio Guerrieri ... Umberto Taberi
Alessandra Mussolini ... Maria Luisa Taberi
Nicole Magny ... Officer's Daughter


It's the late 1930's Rome. It's a national holiday in Italy today for the first state visit of Adolf Hitler to the country. The occasion is being marked by a lavish parade with both Hitler and Benito Mussolini to celebrate their political friendship/alliance in the name of fascism. Most of the Roman populace will attend the parade to celebrate with their leader. Two that will not be are the following. Antonietta Taberi, who would have liked to have gone to the parade, has to stay at home to attend to her domestic chores in duty to her husband Emanuele and their six children, all who have gone to the parade without her. Gabriele is a former announcer on Italian Public Radio. Despite living in the same apartment complex (Gabriele only for the last two months) with their apartment windows facing each other across the courtyard, Antonietta and Gabriele meet for the first time today in Antonietta's need to access his apartment to retrieve her escaped myna bird. Their encounter is important... Written by Huggo

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Italy | Canada



Release Date:

October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Special Day See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The film takes place on May 8, 1938. See more »


In one scene, Antonietta is humming the song "Mamma" by Benjamino Gigli, but that wasn't released until two years later, in 1940. See more »


Gabriele: Order is the virtue of the mediocrity.
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13 June 2003 | by tomtom4nowSee all my reviews

I just saw this film for the second time today, and for the first time in the movies (it was a release of a new print).

I found it even more beautiful than the first time, if that is possible. The most striking thing about it, from a cinematic point of view, is that everything is so simple. Two people: a tired housewife and a homosexual unemployed radio-announcer. Two actors: Loren and Mastroianni. One empty building. A fascist parade going on outside. And with just this elements Scola constructs a beautiful and touching masterpiece.

Today, you can see films with far more technical resources, wonderful locations, enormous casts and complex storylines - yet they rarely if ever achieve the level of beauty of something like this. Does beauty lie in simplicity? Or is it Scola who makes it seem so easy? I wonder. Other films by Scola (`Brutti, Sporchi, Cattivi', `Il Viaggio del Capitan Fracassa', etc.) are also very good, but this is the best one.

By the way, I once saw Mr. Ettore Scola in person (he came to Brazil for a conference) and he seemed to be a very kind and sympathetic soul, just as one would expect.

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