On May 6th 1938 Hitler visited Rome. At first sight an off-guard audience would connect the title of the film A Special Day (Ettore Scola, 1977) with the impact of such a historical event. Could anything escape from the shocking effect of such an arrival? Yet the story will show how the meeting of two strangers outside this oppressive reality will gradually overshadow the apparent magnificence of such circumstance, insofar as the authentic uniqueness of this giornata will be revealed thanks to the power of Erôs. Erôs is the subject of one of the best known works in Ancient Philosophy: Plato´s Symposium written around 385 A.C. Will the speakers of this Platonic dialogue be able to give us some clue about how the relationship between the main characters of Ettore Scola´s film –Antonietta y Gabriele– is woven?
Keywords: Plato | A Special Day | Love | Fascism | Symposium