It's the late 1930's Rome. It's a national holiday in Italy today for the first state visit of Adolf Hitler to the country. The occasion is being marked by a lavish parade with both Hitler and Benito Mussolini to celebrate their political friendship/alliance in the name of fascism. Most of the Roman populace will attend the parade to celebrate with their leader. Two that will not be are the following. Antonietta Taberi, who would have liked to have gone to the parade, has to stay at home to attend to her domestic chores in duty to her husband Emanuele and their six children, all who have gone to the parade without her. Gabriele is a former announcer on Italian Public Radio. Despite living in the same apartment complex (Gabriele only for the last two months) with their apartment windows facing each other across the courtyard, Antonietta and Gabriele meet for the first time today in Antonietta's need to access his apartment to retrieve her escaped myna bird. Their encounter is important...
A special film about two special people.
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Did You Know?
The song heard in the background for most of the latter part of the film is the "Horst Wessel Lied" which translates into "Horst Wessel Song". This was the official anthem of the Nazi party 1930-1945. In 1933 this song became a second National Anthem for Germany. The song is banned in both Germany and Austria since the end of the Second World War. See more
Hitler's address, heard in the background, is not from his visit to Rome but from the 1934 Nuremberg Party Meeting, more particularly from his address to the German Youth on the third day. He's heard summoning them to be "strong and peaceful", "courageous and peace-loving". See more
He's such a decent man. He can't be an antifascist.
Decency has nothing to do with it. I know a thief who plied his trade in this very building. Now he's an officer in the army. So what if a man's a scoundrel? What matters is whether he's faithful to the Party. That's the important thing, right?
Referenced in Unfair Competition