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Two Women (1960)
"La ciociara" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  9 May 1961 (USA)
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Cesira and her 13-year-old daughter, Rosetta, flee from the allied bombs in Rome during the second world war. They travel to the village where Cesira was born. During their journey and in ... See full summary »

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Michele Di Libero (as Jean Paul Belmondo)
Eleonora Brown ...
Carlo Ninchi ...
Filippo, il padre di Michele
Andrea Checchi ...
Un fascista
Pupella Maggio ...
Una contadina
Emma Baron ...
Maria
Bruna Cealti ...
Una sfollata
Antonella Della Porta ...
La madre impazzita
Mario Frera
Franco Balducci ...
Il tedesco nel pagliaio
Luciana Cortellesi
Curt Lowens
Tony Calio ...
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Remo Galavotti
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Cesira and her 13-year-old daughter, Rosetta, flee from the allied bombs in Rome during the second world war. They travel to the village where Cesira was born. During their journey and in the village, the mother does everything to protect Rosetta. However, on one occasion they both get raped by soldiers hiding in a church. This cruel event is too much for the always powerful fighting Cesira and she suffers from a breakdown. During their stay in the village, a young intellectual, Michele falls in love with Cesira who does not know how to reply to the advances of such a gentleman. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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Suddenly...Love Becomes Lust...Innocence becomes shame...As two women are trapped by violent passion and unforgettable terror!

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Italian censorship visa #33469 delivered on 26 November 1960. See more »

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Near the beginning of the film Cesira and Rosetta choose to walk rather than wait aboard their stranded train. However they set off in the opposite direction to the train's destination. See more »

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Cesira: If you said the things to me that he does, I would slap you in the face.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 28 May 1961 (1961) See more »

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La strada nel bosco
Written by Cesare A. Bixio, Ermenegildo Rusconi and Nisa
Publiched by S.A.M. Bixio
Taken from the score of the film _Fuga a due voci (1943)_ directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia
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Sophia Loren is excellent--but then, Sophia Loren is always excellent
9 April 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Italian shopkeeper Sophia Loren flees her war-ravaged city with her frail teenage daughter for a neighboring village to stay with relatives, but on the journey home, their lives are cruelly disrupted when the woman and her child are cornered by lusty soldiers. Loren's character is sensual and maybe loose, but she's never insensitive and one immediately feels a connection with her (and you can't take your eyes off her when she's on-screen). This is a perceptive drama, not so much a document on the horrors of war as it is a testament to the human condition, both good and bad, weak and strong. There are some lovely art-house flourishes and bits of humor dotting the script, but the film doesn't have a gripping, lasting impact, it doesn't stay with you or haunt you the way a timeless drama should. Loren passionately emotes and won a well-deserved Oscar, but the other performances are just serviceable; she dominates the proceedings. **1/2 from ****


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