Italy Uncloseted

Italy Uncloseted

3 Episodes

In the 1930s, Mussolini’s fascist regime attempted to erase queer people from Italian society—but these powerful films have kept their stories alive. Paul Rowley’s award-winning short THE RED TREE unfolds in a wash of haunting, crimson-saturated images as it evokes the experiences of the gay men who were arrested and exiled for years on a remote island. Ettore Scola’s tender, Academy Award–nominated drama A SPECIAL DAY deals with the same history via the story of a life-changing encounter between two strangers: a conservative housewife and a gay radio broadcaster, played by Italian-cinema icons Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in two of their greatest performances.

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Italy Uncloseted
  • Paul Rowley on THE RED TREE

    Episode 1

  • The Red Tree

    Episode 2

    Directed by Paul Rowley • 2018 • Italy
    Starring Leo Gullotta

    This haunting, lyrical documentary recounts the long untold story of gay men who were imprisoned on a remote island by Mussolini’s Fascist regime in the 1930s.

  • A Special Day

    Episode 3

    Directed by Ettore Scola • 1977 • Italy
    Starring Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni

    Italian cinema dream team Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni are cast against glamorous type and deliver two of the finest performances of their careers in this moving, quietly subversive drama from Ettore Sco...