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Italian cinema dream team Sophia Loren (Marriage Italian Style) and Marcello Mastroianni (La dolce vita) are cast against glamorous type and deliver two of the finest performances of their careers in this moving, quietly subversive drama from Ettore Scola (The Family). Though it’s set in Rome on the historic day in 1938 when Benito Mussolini and the city first rolled out the red carpet for Adolf Hitler, the film takes place entirely in a working-class apartment building, where an unexpected friendship blossoms between a pair of people who haven’t joined the festivities: a conservative housewife and mother tending to her domestic duties and a liberal radio broadcaster awaiting deportation. Scola paints an exquisite portrait in sepia tones, a story of two individuals helpless in the face of fascism’s rise. BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Ettore Scola, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • New interviews with Scola and actor Sophia Loren • Two 1977 episodes of The Dick Cavett Show featuring Loren and actor Marcello Mastroianni • Trailer • New English subtitle translation • PLUS: An essay by critic Deborah Young
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 2538
- Director : Ettore Scola
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 47 minutes
- Release date : October 13, 2015
- Actors : Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Unknown (PCM Mono)
- Studio : Criterion Collection (Direct)
- ASIN : B011SDC12M
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #78,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The unique "colour" cinematography enriches the authentic feel of the film. The extras are mighty fine in this Criterion release. Excellent interviews with the director, Sophia Loren and two segments of Dick Cavett with the two actors are all worth seeing. But the real jewel among the extras is the short film made by Sophia Loren's son, Human Voice. It complements the main feature with another powerful performance by the great actress as a solitary victim of a failed relationship. I highly recommend this film and this Criterion edition. It is a unique experience that lingers in the memory and in the heart.
It's really hard to imagine Sophia Loren in such a role but amazingly she carries it off. I was blown away. The relationship that ensues, first timidly and then… Well it's not what you're going to think it is
Once the family has left to attend a parade to greet Hitler’s arrival to meet with Mussolini, Antonietta is left behind to fulfill her duties as the household drudge. Her chance meeting with a gay man living across the courtyard is very interesting.. at times amusing, funny and finally heartbreaking. They form an intimate friendship that makes one feel as if they were a fly on the wall that’s how natural and believable their scenes unfold..you cannot make up Sophia to look dowdy..even though she wears no makeup and the color processing is sepia.. not Sophia in color. I also enjoyed the extras that included two tapings of Marcello and Sophia as guests on Dick Cavett, talking about the film. Worth seeing.
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The tragedy of his fate and in a way theirs does not come across as riveting as it could be and it's not really a case of different cultural sensibilities between Italian and English.