Cinema: Soul of Beauty

A SPECIAL DAY Directed by Ettore Scola Screenplay by Ruggero Maccari, Ettore Scola and Maurizio Costanzo

Sophia Loren turns up in worthy screen roles so infrequently that it's easy to forget just how luminous an actress she can be. A Special Day revives one's fondest memories of her talent. This somber Italian film—yet another meditation on the Mussolini era—gives Loren her richest part in years, and she responds in kind. Not only is she as beautiful as ever at 43, but her beauty seems inseparable from the soul of her performance. When...

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