7.9/10
8,130
46 user 34 critic

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)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The rich man Domenico and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share great part of their lives in the immediate post WWII Italy.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Puglisi
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Stories about three very different women and the men they attract.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Giuffrè
A Special Day (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit to Italy in May 1938.

Director: Ettore Scola
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon
Shoeshine (1946)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Rinaldo Smordoni, Franco Interlenghi, Annielo Mele
Sunflower (1970)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An Italian woman conducts a desperate search for her husband, a soldier considered missing in action in Russia during WWII.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Lyudmila Saveleva
Umberto D. (1952)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An open hearted and unrelentingly energetic orphan struggles to make the best out of his life on the streets of Milan.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Neapolitan episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) losing ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Silvana Mangano, Sophia Loren, Eduardo De Filippo
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A married Sicilian baron falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife.

Director: Pietro Germi
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of the Finzi-Continis, a noble family of Ferrara, during the Jewish persecution in Italy's 1930s.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, Helmut Berger
Boccaccio '70 (1962)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Inspired by Boccaccio's novellas, each episode focuses on sex, love and seduction in Italy's 1960s, an era of economic growth and major cultural changes.

Directors: Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Anita Ekberg, Sophia Loren, Romy Schneider
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A four-year old boy, Pricò, becomes the subject of emotional folly by his fluctuant parents and inattentive relatives.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Emilio Cigoli, Luciano De Ambrosis, Isa Pola
Edit

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 ... 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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

9 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Women See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (subtitled release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Italian censorship visa #33469 delivered on 26 November 1960. 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

[first lines]
Roman Citizens: Bombs! Bombs Away! Bombs Away!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Sopranos: Big Girls Don't Cry (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Torna piccina mia
Written by Cesare A. Bixio
(1937)
Published by Bixio Censa
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Loren is amazing...
12 June 2008 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

I confess that this film was showing late one night on TCM and initially the idea of a war film was not an appealing prospect at one o'clock in the morning.

That being said,I realized how much we lose by prejudging film, and actors by their more recent performances. As Sophia Loren was popular before my time, I remember her from fluff and spy movies such as "Arabesque" with Gregory Peck. A forgettable film, at most. Not so for "Two Women".

The performance of her innocent daughter Rosetta, is also marked and memorable. Refugees from the bombing of Rome during World War II, Sophia Loren as Cesira, and her daughter are fleeing the city, come across relatives in the country, and encounter a harrowing fate.

The feel of the film is palpable and stark, the scene and the shadows of the men as they come across these two women in the effigy of a church, is ominous and effective. The expressions and body language of Loren are heart-rending and sorrowful, as we see her realize what has become of her daughter, what has become of their world. The scene I will remember most is where she is finally rescued, her daughter begins to sing, recovering from the attack. Cesira (Loren) turns her face outward, toward the window, ravaged and ruined, yet finding some strength to continue on. We see a multitude of emotions cross her face without uttering one word.

Truly a film not to be missed for Sophia Loren's performance alone. 9/10.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 46 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed