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Alessandra Mussolini, who was both Sophia Loren's niece and Benito Mussolini's granddaughter, plays Maria Luisa, Antoinietta's daughter. For some reason, John "[[Film/AnimalHouse Dean Wormer]]" Vernon, who was Canadian, plays Emanuele.

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This film got a lot of attention at the time for both of its leads PlayingAgainstType--Sophia Loren the sex goddess playing a frumpy, beleaguered housewife, and Marcello Mastroianni the dashing LatinLover playing a gay man. Alessandra Mussolini, who was both Sophia Loren's niece and Benito Mussolini's granddaughter, plays Maria Luisa, Antoinietta's daughter. For some reason, John "[[Film/AnimalHouse Dean Wormer]]" Vernon, who was Canadian, plays Emanuele.


Alessandro Mussolini, who was both Sophia Loren's niece and Benito Mussolini's granddaughter, plays Maria Luisa, Antoinietta's daughter. For some reason, John "[[Film/AnimalHouse Dean Wormer]]" Vernon, who was Canadian, plays Emanuele.

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Alessandro Alessandra Mussolini, who was both Sophia Loren's niece and Benito Mussolini's granddaughter, plays Maria Luisa, Antoinietta's daughter. For some reason, John "[[Film/AnimalHouse Dean Wormer]]" Vernon, who was Canadian, plays Emanuele.

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* StockFootage: The film opens with an entire six-minute 1938 Italian newsreel, documenting Hitler's state visit.

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* StockFootage: The film opens with an entire six-minute 1938 Italian newsreel, documenting Hitler's state visit. Then periodic stock audio "footage", as a real 1938 radio broadcast of Hitler's visit is played throughout the movie.


* {{Housewife}}: Antoinietta leads a rather grim existence, waiting on her husband and six kids. In one scene she cringes when looking at all the wreckage they've left behind in the morning. In another scene her dirtbag husband uses the skirt of her dress to dry his hands.

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* {{Housewife}}: Antoinietta leads a rather grim existence, existence as a quasi-slave, waiting on her husband and six kids. In one scene she cringes when looking at all the wreckage they've left behind in the morning. In another scene her dirtbag husband uses the skirt of her dress to dry his hands.


* TheBeard: Gabriele talks about how he got a helpful female coworker to do this for him, but it didn't work.



* HeyYou: Benito Mussolini had some weird ideas, one of which was to ban the common Italian word for respectful "you", ''Lei'', and replace it with ''voi'', which is actually the plural you ("Y'all"). Gabriele insists on addressing Antoineietta as ''Lei'', and she, being a loyal fascist, calls him out on it.

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* FeetFirstIntroduction: Gabriele takes his suitcase from the bedroom to the living room--and we see two pairs of legs at the top of the frame. It's the two cops who have come to take him away.
* HeyYou: Benito Mussolini had some weird ideas, one of which was to ban the common Italian word for respectful singular "you", ''Lei'', and replace it with ''voi'', which is actually the plural you ("Y'all"). Gabriele insists on addressing Antoineietta as ''Lei'', and she, being a loyal fascist, calls him out on it.it.
* {{Gayngst}}: Gabriele talks about how living in the closet made him feel ashamed.


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* IncompatibleOrientation: Antoinetta has sex with Gabriele, and afterwards she is swept away, chattering about how great it was and how she can't wait to see him again. A weary Gabriele says that while he might be able to make love to a woman, it doesn't change anything.

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* HeyYou: Benito Mussolini had some weird ideas, one of which was to ban the common Italian word for respectful "you", ''Lei'', and replace it with ''voi'', which is actually the plural you ("Y'all"). Gabriele insists on addressing Antoineietta as ''Lei'', and she, being a loyal fascist, calls him out on it.


* NosyNeighbor: The concierge, a [[GossipyOldHens gossipy old hen]] who sees Gabriele entering Filomena's apartment, and makes a point of knocking on her door to tell her that Gabriele is no good.

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* NewhartPhoneCall: How we learn Gabriele is gay, when he calls the person on the other end of the phone, obviously his lover, "Marco".
* NosyNeighbor: The concierge, a [[GossipyOldHens [[GossipyHens gossipy old hen]] who sees Gabriele entering Filomena's apartment, and makes a point of knocking on her door to tell her that Gabriele is no good.

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''A Special Day'' (Una giornata particolare) is a 1977 film from Italy directed by Ettore Scola.

It stars Creator/SophiaLoren and Creator/MarcelloMastroianni in one of [[ThoseTwoActors the thirteen films they made together]]. It is set on [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly May 8, 1938]], the day of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's state visit to Rome to meet UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini. A de-glammed, makeup-free Loren plays Antoinietta, a middle-aged housewife. She's little more than a slave, cooking and cleaning for her brutish, uncaring husband Emanuele and their six children.

When Antoinietta is left at home in the apartment while everyone else goes out for the fascist parades and rallies, she winds up meeting a neighbor from the other side of the apartment complex. Gabriele (Mastroianni) is an announcer for Italian radio who has just gotten fired from his job for being a homosexual. He is facing imminent deportation to Sardinia. The two lonely people, left behind as everyone else puts on a display of fascist patriotism, form a bond.

Alessandro Mussolini, who was both Sophia Loren's niece and Benito Mussolini's granddaughter, plays Maria Luisa, Antoinietta's daughter. For some reason, John "[[Film/AnimalHouse Dean Wormer]]" Vernon, who was Canadian, plays Emanuele.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Not quite monochrome, but the whole film is shot in sepia.
* EpicTrackingShot: Antoinietta is introduced via a very impressive four-minute tracking shot. The camera starts out in the air, outside her apartment, then goes through the window to find her in the kitchen making coffee. Then the camera follows her on a winding passage through the cramped rooms of the overcrowded apartment as she wakes up her husband and kids.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: One special day.
* {{Housewife}}: Antoinietta leads a rather grim existence, waiting on her husband and six kids. In one scene she cringes when looking at all the wreckage they've left behind in the morning. In another scene her dirtbag husband uses the skirt of her dress to dry his hands.
--> '''Antoinietta''': Try blowing your nose on it too.
* IronicJuxtaposition: After the newsreel, the film opens with the concierge deploying the fascist flags that will be draped over the apartment building that day. That's directly followed by a shot of a man throwing a bag of garbage in the dumpster.
* MeetCute: Antoinietta meets Gabriele when her pet mynah bird escapes, and lands on a window sill directly outside Gabriele's apartment.
* NosyNeighbor: The concierge, a [[GossipyOldHens gossipy old hen]] who sees Gabriele entering Filomena's apartment, and makes a point of knocking on her door to tell her that Gabriele is no good.
* PornStash: When Antoinietta is making her teenaged son's bed, she finds a page from a nudie magazine under the sheets.
* PropagandaMachine: The opening newsreel. Then, Fascist radio blaring over loudspeakers outside the apartment complex, waxing rhapsodic about the visit of the Fuhrer to Italy.
* SelfAbuse: Antoinietta gets mad when she finds her son's PornStash, telling him that it will make him go blind.
* StockFootage: The film opens with an entire six-minute 1938 Italian newsreel, documenting Hitler's state visit.
* TitleDrop: Gabriele, speaking sarcastically of his impending arrest, tells his lover over the phone that "Today's a very particular day for me, you know."

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