Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit to Italy in May 1938.

Director:

Ettore Scola

Writers:

Ruggero Maccari (screenplay), Ettore Scola (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Antonietta Taberi
Marcello Mastroianni ... Gabriele
John Vernon ... Emanuele Taberi
Françoise Berd ... Concierge
Patrizia Basso Patrizia Basso ... Romana Taberi
Tiziano De Persio Tiziano De Persio ... Arnaldo Taberi
Maurizio Di Paolantonio Maurizio Di Paolantonio ... Fabio Taberi
Antonio Garibaldi Antonio Garibaldi ... Littorio Taberi
Vittorio Guerrieri Vittorio Guerrieri ... Umberto Taberi
Alessandra Mussolini Alessandra Mussolini ... Maria Luisa Taberi
Nicole Magny Nicole Magny ... Officer's Daughter
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Storyline

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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A special film about two special people. See more »

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Drama

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First and only cinematographic experience for Italian actor Vittorio Guerrieri, who revealed that he had never met Marcello Mastroianni on set as he shot his own scenes on his own. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Antonietta: Why are you laughing?
Gabriele: Just because - life is made up of so many different moments, and sometimes I get this urge to laugh - just like that, like a sneeze.
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Featured in Sophia Loren on 'A Special Day' (2015) See more »

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as close as cinema can get to a Greek tragedy
30 April 2003 | by damien-16See all my reviews

This film has great acting, great photography and a very strong story line that really makes you think about who you are, how you define yourself, how you fit in, whether you accept to play a role or break free... There already are excellent comments dealing with these aspects. I want to comment on the formal setting of the film. Basically, it's two people on a roof. There is unity of place and time, with 2 protagonists, and the radio acting as the choir. Many directors have turned Greek tragedies into film, many directors have filmed contemporary stories as if they were a Greek tragedy, but no director, in my opinion, has succeeded as admirably as Ettore Scola in approaching the purity and force of the great Greek tragedies both in story line and formal setting. A masterpiece.


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Language:

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Release Date:

October 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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