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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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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!

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Drama | War

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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 »

Goofs

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

English Soldier: There are lots of good things in Italy.
Michele Di Libero: You don't know Italy.
English Soldier: Oh, we know Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo.
Michele Di Libero: They are dead.
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Connections

Referenced in 1960 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Portami tante rose
Written by Cesare A. Bixio and composed by Michele Galdieri
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Gut-wrenching performance by leads
9 September 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I acquired this movie quite a few years a go and only just had my first viewing and was frankly astonished at Sophia's performance. It is a multi-layered rich performance: her anger at men, her absolute devotion to her daughter, the sadness and acceptance at being a widow of a passionless marriage to a much older man, her confusion at awakening feelings of sensuality, her politicization. The last 30 minutes of this movie are heartbreaking, her horror, helplessness and numbness at what has happened to her daughter are some of the most powerful moments I have seen on film. A well deserved Oscar and Sophia, you are right up there with the gifted actors of the past century! 10 out of 10.


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