Saturday, March 4, 2017

A Special Day, movie

Many years ago, we watched this interesting film, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni - it has just been re-released.

Hitler has come to meet with Mussolini and review the Italian troops, everyone is excited, and expected to participate in the events of the day, everyone except the two characters portrayed by Marcello and Sophia.  By a twist of fate, although they live directly across the way from each other in the high rise building, they meet for the first time.  Tensions run deep throughout the course of the day, and eventually we discover why Marcello's character did not participate - we already know why Sophia's character remained at home.

The film is set in 1938, and there are many historic film clips of events of the day, along with commentary from the actual radio broadcast of the day.

This is a stirring film about the awfulness of fascism.

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