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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.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writers:

Alberto Moravia (novel), Cesare Zavattini (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Cesira
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Michele Di Libero (as Jean Paul Belmondo)
Eleonora Brown ... Rosetta
Carlo Ninchi ... Filippo, il padre di Michele
Andrea Checchi ... Un fascista
Pupella Maggio Pupella Maggio ... Una contadina
Emma Baron Emma Baron ... Maria
Bruna Cealti Bruna Cealti ... Una sfollata
Antonella Della Porta Antonella Della Porta ... La madre impazzita
Mario Frera Mario Frera ... Peppuccio
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Il tedesco nel pagliaio
Luciana Cortellesi Luciana Cortellesi
Curt Lowens ... Ufficiale tedesco batteria contraerea
Tony Calio Tony Calio ... (as Tony Caliò)
Remo Galavotti 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 »

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

9 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (subtitled release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sophia Loren claims that Director De Sica, so caught up in the story, regularly cried on the set when filming particularly emotional scenes. 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

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Roman Citizens: Bombs! Bombs Away! Bombs Away!
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Connections

Referenced in Promise Her Anything (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Portami tante rose
Written by Cesare A. Bixio and composed by Michele Galdieri
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Unforgettable performance
26 August 2001 | by khann003See all my reviews

Sophia loren, undoubtedly and unarguably has delivered the greatest performance in the history of movie. Her performance as the widowed mother of a teen age girl in this movie that depicted the horrors of the second great war was absolutely heart-felt and perfect. Rarely can one actor or actress possibly rise to such occasion to deliver a performance of such magnitude. It demands pure talent. Full credit to the directing great Mr. De sica for his creation. Should be watched in its original version to get the best of it.


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