Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Feb 2021)
Brief Synopsis –On the day that Hitler and Mussolini met in Italy in 1938, a housewife and her gay journalist neighbor meet and discuss the way that their world has been changing around them.
My Take on it – As someone who isn’t a fan of Foreign Language films, this is a movie that I have avoided for quite some time despite the fact that it has been on my radar because Marcello Mastroianni was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his work here.
Very interesting idea that works much better than I had expected.
The film has great dialogue for these characters and based solely on their conversations, we learn so much about them, their lives and the political climate of the time.
The way that these two lonely figures find ways to connect in this kind of world is quite fascinating to watch.
Loved the fact that John Vernon is in this film in a small role especially given the fact that he doesn’t speak Italian and his lines are dubbed.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Marcello Mastroianni’s character, Gabriele, is partially based on Nunzio Filogamo, an Italian radio broadcaster and presenter. During the 1930s, Filogamo was persecuted by the Fascist regime for his homosexuality, but he was so popular with the Italian people that the government couldn’t fire him or deport him. Instead, Filogamo was required to carry a medical card stating that he was not a homosexual (as Gabriele mentions he is required to do in the film). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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