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Reed Rainier Chapter Reading Group

A Special Day

1977 film directed by Ettore Scola, with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

NOTE: This gathering is for a discussion, not a screening, of the film. The film is available on DVD from the Seattle Public Library or Netflix, and can be streamed from Amazon or YouTube.

"Antonietta and Gabriele make an extremely unlikely couple. She's an overworked, barely literate housewife, the mother of six, a woman with a drawn face and the haggard expression of someone who's long since given up on what she looks like, but she accepts her lot, which includes a talking mynah bird that can't even get her name right. She is, however, an enthusiastic supporter of Mussolini, who is, for Antonietta, both a savior and a sex symbol. She keeps a scrapbook on his life. Gabriele is a fastidious bachelor, intelligent, sensitive and sardonic, and he's at the end of his rope. He's been cashiered from his job as an announcer on the government-sponsored radio station because he's suspected of being degenerate, that is, homosexual, which he is. In Italy in 1938, homosexuals were rounded up and packed off to Sardinia, where they couldn't contaminate the Fascist culture. In Ettore Scola's funny, humane "A Special Day"—an acting tour de force for Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni—Antonietta and Gabriele are never  really a couple, but their brief encounter lights up the screen with the kind of radiance you get only from great movie actors who also are great stars." From Vincent Canby's 1977 NYT review.  Here is a link to the full review:

The film is available in DVD and Blu-ray in a remastered form that won the award for Best Restored Film at the 2014 Venice Film Festival.

Here is a link to a trailer:

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 7:30pm

Home of Peter Greenfield 1126 Grand Avenue Seattle, WA 98122

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Alumni, Social




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