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Feature Film

Classic - Art House - Drama

Italy 1977 | 110 Min

Una Giornata Particolare

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7 Awards 2 Nominees

Subtitles in Dutch

The good is in the heart

Genre

Classic Art House Drama

Subjects

world war 2 fascism homosexuality rome italy

Language

Italian

Story

On May 6, 1938, the day Hitler visited Mussolini in Rome, Antonietta, a naïve, sentimental and overworked homemaker, stays home, while her fascist husband takes their six spoiled children to the streets to follow a parade. The building is empty, except for the caretaker and a neighbor across the complex, a charming man named Gabriele. He is a radio broadcaster who has been dismissed from his job and is about to be deported to Sardinia because of his homosexuality and alleged anti-fascist stance. After the family's myna escapes from their apartment and flies outside Gabriele's window, Antonietta shows up at his door, asking to be let in to reach the bird. Gabriele has been interrupted from attempting suicide, but helps rescue the myna by offering it food. Antonietta is surprised by his demeanor and, unaware of his sexual orientation, flirts and dances the rumba with him. Despite their differences, they warm to each other. The caretaker warns Antonietta that Gabriele is an anti-fascist, which Antonietta finds despicable. Gabriele eventually opens up, confessing he was fired because he is a homosexual. Antonietta confides in him her troubles with her arrogant and unfaithful husband; who, she says, has shown a preference for an educated woman. Throughout their interaction and conversation, each realize that the other is oppressed by social and governmental conditioning and come to form a new impression than the one they first drew from one another. As a result, they have sex, but for different reasons. Gabriele explains that this changes nothing; as does Antonietta. Soon after their intimate encounter, Antonietta's family comes back home and Gabriele is arrested. At the end, Antonietta watches her lover leave the complex, escorted by fascist policemen, before turning off the light and retiring to bed; where her husband is waiting for her in order to beget their seventh child that he wants to name Adolfo.

Awards

    - César Awards  - 1977 / France

    Best Foreign Language Film


    - David di Donatello  - 1977 / Italy

    Best Director
    Best Actress


    - Nastro d'Argento  - 1977 / Italy

    Best Actress
    Best Screenplay
    Best Composer


    - National Board of Review  - 1977 / United States

    Best Foreign Language Film


Nominations

    - Academy Awards  - 1977 / United States

    Best Foreign Language Film
    Best Actor


Director

Ettore Scola

Writer

Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari, Maurizio Costanzo

Cast

Sophia Loren
Marcello Mastroianni

Producers

Carlo Ponti

Cinematographer

Pasqualino De Santis

Production Designer

Luciano Ricceri

Editors

Raimondo Crociani

Composer

Armando Trovajoli

Musicians