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Two Women (1960)

La ciociara (original title)
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 ... 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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In the neo-realistic tradition of "Shoe Shine", "Bicycle Thief" and "Umberto D" - a film of compelling power. 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

It has been said that Anna Magnani was originally cast in the role of Cesira, but when she was unable commit to the film due to illness, it was Magnani herself who suggested Sophia Loren for the role, suggesting to director Vittorio De Sica that if Loren (who was 25 years old at the time) would not mind playing a mother with an adolescent daughter, then the role should go to her. 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 »

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Roman Citizens: Bombs! Bombs Away! Bombs Away!
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Soundtracks

La strada nel bosco
Written by Cesare A. Bixio, Ermenegildo Rusconi and Nisa
Publiched by S.A.M. Bixio
Taken from the score of the film _Fuga a due voci (1943)_ directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia
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Gut-wrenching performance by leads
9 September 2000 | by wisewebwomanSee 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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