Many years ago I saw this film and was really taken with it. Watched it this weekend and wow, it really stands up. Amazing, subtle film. For all you indie filmmakers out there, and wanna be first time feature filmmakers, watch this film. It has all the ingredients needed for an indie production - one major location, two main characters.
A Special Day (Una giornata Particolare)
Is a 1977 Italian film directed by Ettore Scola and starring Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni and John Vernon. Set in Rome in 1938, its narrative follows a woman and her neighbor who stay home the day Adolf Hitlervisits Benito Mussolini.
The film is an Italian-Canadian co-production. It has received several nominations and awards, including a César Award for Best Foreign Film in 1978 and two Oscar nominations in 1977, and it figures on the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved.