A Special Day
ETTORE SCOLA TRIBUTE
Cast Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon
Dir Ettore Scola I Intl sales Surf Films I 1977 I 106 mins
Hailed by the New York Times as “ without doubt the best film that Sophia Loren ever made”, A Special Day marks the dramatic highpoint of her magical partnership with Marcello Mastroianni. Painstakingly and beautifully restored to reflect the original vision of director Ettore Scola, the film unfolds on the 6th of May 1938 as Rome awaits Hitler’s first visit to Mussolini.
Housewife and mother of six Antonietta (Loren) is one of the few to have stayed home. When the family’s pet bird escapes she calls on her neighbour Gabriele ( an Oscar-nominated Mastroianni), a gay radio announcer. Over the course of a special day they forge a friendship all the more intense because of what may lie ahead.
Edinburgh Thu 14 March 20.45 (+ intro)
Glasgow Sat 11 March 15.45