she plays an unappreciated housewife who befriends a disgraced homosexual (Marcello Mastroianni - in another teaming with Loren). Ettore Scola films Ruggero Maccari's script rather like a play, with the two characters providing a dash of reality against the unreal backdrop of an unseen Hitler/Mussolini parade. The stars, as usual, make 105 minutes seem like ten and a half. Golden Globe 1978 Best Foreign Film / Nomimations: 1977 Best Actor, Best Foreign Film.
I remember how much Pauline Kael liked A SPECIAL DAY, as she did that other Scola THE PIZZA TRIANGLE (right), too long unseen here, with teamed bricklayer Marcello with flower-seller Monica Vitti and pizza baker Giancarlo Giannini - it was a hilarious comedy-tragedy, from 1970.