It's 1938 and Rome comes to a standstill as Hitler visits Mussolini for the first time. Antonietta is left in her tenement home whilst her fascist husband and the rest of her family leave to attend the historic event. The whole building is empty apart from one man, Gabriele, a radio announcer sacked because of his homosexuality and his political views. Unaware of this Antonietta flirts with Gabriele as they meet by chance in the empty building. They strike up a conversation and the rather naive housewife is surprised by his opinions and shocked when she finally realises his sexual orientation. As the day progresses they develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both their outlooks on life forever...
Dubbed and bad quality print
- A Special Day review by VW
This is an atrocious quality print - like it's just been transferred from an ancient video copy. It's been chopped into 4:3. It's also dubbed into English. Avoid and wait for the Criterion edition to come out.
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.
Not a good experience. Good film, but terrible disc.
- A Special Day review by John OK
Just to back-up VW's comments - which I wish I'd seen before borrowing the film. The rented disc is a terrible copy - extremely jumpy and next to unwatchable. Best avoided - unless a better edition/ copy is available. Spoiled what should be a good film. (I'd prefer Cinema Paradiso not to list/ supply poor quality film copies, than have to watch poor discs that spoil the experience, please).
I too was disappointed to find it in English. There should be some notification if the copy is dubbed. I didn't know what to make of the picture quality - whether it only existed as poor quality. The historic footage at the start is often impossibly dark. It's a very interesting film with a great performance by Sophia Loren but the copy is of substandard quality.
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.
Criterion BluRay high quality print
- A Special Day review by Gavin
All the other reviews in this website dis the movie due to the DVD's quality. The Bluray version is now available at cinema paradiso, and it's widescreen (no pan-n-scan), the bw intro is clear, the sound is the original italian, but you can chose to have the dubbed american version is you wish. There's also two 1.5hr documentaries.