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A Special Day

Released 1977
Distributor Cinema 5 Distributing

The king and queen of Italian cinema, Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren, star in this story of a sexy older woman’s affair with a middle-aged gay man—it sounds like one of the duo’s naughty farces from the early ’60s but Ettore Scola’s film is a tragedy set during Mussolini’s regime. Produced by Loren’s husband Carlo Ponti, the film won the César Award for Best Foreign Film and garnered two Oscar nominations.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.

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