A Special Day A Special Day

A Special Day

Ettore Scola

 
A Special Day (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Italy
  • 1977
  • 107 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #778

Italian cinema dream team Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni are cast against glamorous type and deliver two of the finest performances of their careers in this moving, quietly subversive drama from Ettore Scola. Though it’s set in Rome on the historic day in 1938 when Benito Mussolini and the city first rolled out the red carpet for Adolf Hitler, the film takes place entirely in a working-class apartment building, where an unexpected friendship blossoms between a pair of people who haven’t joined the festivities: a conservative housewife and mother tending to her domestic duties and a liberal radio broadcaster awaiting deportation. Scola paints an exquisite portrait in muted tones, a story of two individuals helpless in the face of Fascism’s rise.

Cast

AntoniettaSophia Loren
GabrieleMarcello Mastroianni
Antonietta’s husbandJohn Vernon
CaretakerFrançoise Berd

Credits

DirectorEttore Scola
Written byEttore Scola and Ruggero Maccari
Produced byCarlo Ponti
CinematographyPasqualino De Santis
MusicArmando Trovajoli
EditingRaimondo Crociani
Production and set design byLuciano Ricceri
Costume designEnrico Sabbatini

Disc Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Ettore Scola, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Human Voice, a 2014 short film starring Sophia Loren and directed by Edoardo Ponti
  • New interviews with Scola and Loren
  • Two 1977 episodes of The Dick Cavett Show featuring Loren and actor Marcello Mastroianni
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Deborah Young

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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A Special Day: Small Victories

By Deborah Young October 15, 2015

Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni are cast against type—and funnyman director Ettore Scola gets serious—in this humane drama set in Fascist Italy.
Read more »

Features

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Remembering Ettore Scola

January 26, 2016

Last week, we were saddened to learn of the passing, at the age of eighty-four, of the beloved Italian writer and director Ettore Scola. The filmmaker was a luminary of Italian cinema for more . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Special_day_current_thumbnail

A Special Day: Small Victories

By Deborah Young October 15, 2015

Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni are cast against type—and funnyman director Ettore Scola gets serious—in this humane drama set in Fascist Italy.
Read more »


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