A Special Day [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [Japanese] [1977]
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Special Features

  • Human Voice, a 2014 short film starring Sophia Loren and Directed by Edoardo Ponti
  • New interviews with Scola and Loren
  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by Director Ettore Scola
  • Plus: An essay by critic Deborah Young
  • Trailer
  • Two 1977 episodes of The Dick Cavett Show featuring Loren and actor Marcello Mastroianni


Una Giornata Particolare
The film is set during the late 1930s: the occasion is the first meeting between Mussolini and Hitler. Left alone in her tenement home when her fascist husband runs off to attend the historic event, Sophia Loren strikes up a friendship with her homosexual neighbor Mastroianni. As the day segues into night, Loreon and Mastroianni develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both of their outlooks on life. Beyond the "sensational" aspect of virile Marcello Mastoianni playing a gay character, A Special Day garnered a great deal of American attention when the stars promoted the film on the very first installment of PBS's Dick Cavett Show (that's the one in which Mastroianni might have said the F-word). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Sophia Loren
    Sophia Loren - Antonietta
  • Marcello Mastroianni
    Marcello Mastroianni - Gabriele
  • John Vernon
    John Vernon - Emanuele
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    Françoise Berd - Building Concierge
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    Alessandra Mussolini - Maria Luisa
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