One Fine Day
(Un certo giorno)

Directed by Ermanno Olmi.
With Brunetto del Vita, Maria Crosignani, Vitaliano Damioli.
Italy, 1969, 35mm, color, 105 min.
Italian with English subtitles.
Print source: HFA

Not to be confused with the recent Michelle Pfeiffer-George Clooney comedy of the same title, this One Fine Day is a rarely seen work by Italian director Ermanno Olmi (best known for his Il Posto and The Tree of Wooden Clogs). An advertising executive runs down a laborer on the day he is offered the directorship of the company. On trial for reckless driving, he reexamines his life, especially his failing marriage and career goals. The story and dialogue are based on conversations Olmi had with non-professional cast member del Vita, an advertising executive in real life. A beautiful, humanistic look at people caught up in tragic and complex situations, this was the first of Olmi’s films to focus on the middle classes.

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