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Two Women (1960)

La ciociara (original title)
| Drama, War | 9 May 1961 (USA)
In the Italy of WWII, a widow and her lonely daughter seek for distance between them and the horrors of war.

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Cast

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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 ...
(as Tony Caliò)
Remo Galavotti
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Storyline

Cesira is a beautiful widow and a successful grocery store owner in Rome. WWII is raging, and she fears for her beloved daughter, 13-year-old Rosetta, amid the daily bombings. They travel to the village where Cesira was born, where Cesira believes they will be safer. There, they are happy even as food dwindles. A young intellectual, Michele, falls in love with Cesira, who is too consumed with the well-being of her daughter and their survival to return his timid advances. As the allies advance, Cesira decides to return to Rome - and encounter the horrors of war at last. Written by jcravens42@yahoo.com

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

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Trivia

According to George Cukor biographer Emanuel Levy, after Cukor had directed both Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani to Oscar nominations in "Wild as the Wind," agent Irving "Swifty' Lazar made a deal with "Wind"'s studio, Paramount to do a version of "Two Women" the following spring, with Magnani as the mother and Sophia Loren as the daughter. Although Magnani respected both Loren and Cukor, she objected to Loren's casting. She believed the actress was too tall and strong-looking for her and feared the script might favor the younger actress. Cukor would not give into the Magnani's demands and the production did not go forward. 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 »

Quotes

Cesira: If you said the things to me that he does, I would slap you in the face.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 28 May 1961 (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Faccetta nera
Music by Mario Ruccione
Lyrics by Renato Micheli
(1935)
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another great De Sica film
23 February 2002 | by (boston,ma) – See all my reviews

very sad film by vittorio de sica (famed director of "the bicycle thief.") the first two thirds of the film move slowly, but it's still very engrossing. the final third of the film is pure cinematic tragedy. sophia loren won the oscar for best performance for a lead actress in this movie, and i beleive that she dearly deserved it. prior to seeing "two women" i had no idea what a terrific actress she was. her role as the mother desperately trying to shield her daughter from the horrors of the world is one of the finest that i have ever seen. this is a truly heartbreaking and beautiful film.


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