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...
Loren and Mastroianni together again in a very special movie.
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Did You Know?
Right at the beginning of the film, the sequence plan wanted by Ettore Scola for describing the building is one of the most complex and long in the history of Italian cinema. 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
[reading a Mussolini quote
"Genius is incompatible with the physiology and psyche of the female and is always strictly masculine." You agree?
Of course I agree. Why? Aren't the history books always full of men?
Sure. Maybe too full. There's no room for anyone else. Least of all women.
You know, you're a tough one to figure out.
My mother, for example, wasn't male, but she was a genius. She wrote. She painted. She worked as a bookkeeper and supported the family, not my father. She made all the ...
Edited into Marcello, una vita dolce