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Two Women (1960)

La ciociara (original title)
Not Rated | | 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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Una contadina
Emma Baron ... Maria
Bruna Cealti Bruna Cealti ... Una sfollata
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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In the neo-realistic tradition of "Shoe Shine", "Bicycle Thief" and "Umberto D" - a film of compelling power. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sophia Loren didn't attend the Academy Awards ceremony because of stage fright. See more »

Goofs

When she enters the church, Rosetta's hair is short (her mother had recently cut it.) After the rape, her hair is suddenly long again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Roman Citizens: Bombs! Bombs Away! Bombs Away!
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Connections

Referenced in 1960 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

O sole mio
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro
(1898)
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Another great performance by Sophia Loren
19 February 2006 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

Very bad print (even on DVD), but very good movie. A war film that focuses more on the people who suffer, instead of telling the story of those fighting the battle. It's also a movie about love, relationship, bonding between a woman and her daughter. Sophia Loren's performance is stellar. Belmondo is also very good. Young Eleonora Brown's performance gets better during the film. The last 30 minutes of the movie are poignant. It's heartbreaking to listen to Cesira apologize to Rosetta. Watch it.

Seen at home, in Toronto, on February 19th, 2006.

81/100 (***)


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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,565
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (subtitled release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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