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A Special Day ()

Una giornata particolare (original title)
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Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit to Italy in May 1938.

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Antonietta Taberi
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Gabriele
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Emanuele Taberi
Françoise Berd ...
Concierge
Patrizia Basso ...
Romana Taberi
Tiziano De Persio ...
Arnaldo Taberi
Maurizio Di Paolantonio ...
Fabio Taberi
Antonio Garibaldi ...
Littorio Taberi
Vittorio Guerrieri ...
Umberto Taberi
Alessandra Mussolini ...
Maria Luisa Taberi
Nicole Magny ...
Officer's Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Galeazzo Ciano ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
King Victor Emmanuel III ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Ettore Scola

Written by

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Ruggero Maccari ... (screenplay) &
Ettore Scola ... (screenplay)
 
Maurizio Costanzo ... (collaboration)

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Carlo Ponti ... producer

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Armando Trovajoli ... (as Armando Trovaioli)

Cinematography by

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Pasqualino De Santis

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Raimondo Crociani

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Graziella Di Giovanni ... assistant editor
Nicola Tocci ... color technician
Pina Triunveri ... assistant editor

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Luciano Ricceri

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Luciano Ricceri

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Enrico Sabbatini

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Franco Freda ... makeup artist
Ada Palombi ... hair stylist

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Maurizio Anticoli ... production supervisor
Giorgio Scotton ... production manager

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Silvio Ferri ... assistant director
Marco Pettini ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Ezio Di Monte ... assistant production designer

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Luciano Anzellotti ... sound effects
Franco Bassi ... sound mixer
Cesare D'Amico ... dialogue editor
Alvaro Orsini ... boom operator
Carlo Palmieri ... sound recordist
Massimo Anzellotti ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

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Aldo Colanzi ... key grip
Luciano Leoni ... gaffer
Marcello Mastrogirolamo ... assistant camera
Idelmo Simonelli ... camera operator

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Berta Betti ... seamstress
Giuseppina Delli Carpini ... seamstress
Giovanni Viti ... assistant costume designer

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Vivien Boden ... production secretary
Sergio Bologna ... administrator
Gianfranco Lelj ... photographic services
Ilde Muscio ... script supervisor
Paola Scola ... script supervisor
John Marshall ... subtitle script and timing (uncredited)
Marcello Prando ... voice dubbing: John Vernon (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 to both of them if only for this one day. It takes Antonietta out of her humdrum life, where she is unappreciated and taken for granted by her family, her husband who she does not truly love. And Antonietta's arrival halts what Gabriele was contemplating doing in light of the reason behind he not wanting to go to the parade and he no longer working as a radio announcer, that act which would replace the alternative of what will be happening to him later in the day. Written by Huggo

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Taglines A special film about two special people. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Une Journée particulière (Canada, French title)
  • A Special Day (United States)
  • A Special Day (World-wide, English title)
  • Une journée particulière (France)
  • Una jornada particular (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 106 min
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Trivia Sophia Loren's younger sister Maria Scicolone was married to Benito Mussolini's son Romano Mussolini from 1962 to 1971. Maria and Romano's daughter Alessandra Mussolini plays Maria Luisa, one of the daughters of her real life aunt Sophia Loren's character Antonietta. See more »
Goofs Hitler's address, heard in the background, is not from his visit to Rome but from the 1934 Nuremberg Party Meeting, more particularly from his address to the German Youth on the third day. He's heard summoning them to be "strong and peaceful", "courageous and peace-loving". See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Marcello, una vita dolce (2006). See more »
Quotes Gabriele: So why aren't you laughing? You should have everything you want? A home, a husband, six children. Why aren't you laughing?
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