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

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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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[first lines]
Roman Citizens: Bombs! Bombs Away! Bombs Away!
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O sole mio
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro
(1898)
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Great Italian Cinema
6 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Sophia Loren, aside from being one of the most sumptuously sexy women I have ever seen, proves herself here to be a tremendous actress. She has a melodramatic Italian flair that impassions her lovably aggressive character, a widowed shopkeeper in Rome during the Allied bombing in WWII, who flees with her beloved daughter to her impoverish mountainous native region. Throughout the story, she proves to be a strong woman, seasoned by pain and not having lost the fire and fight in her.

Like many European films of its time, Two Women is all about the characters and the current on which they flow through the film, a realistic capsule of a time and place. Vittorio De Sica, who made the beautifully small-scale film The Bicycle Thief, which is about a relationship between father and son, forms a companion piece with Two Women, which is about a relationship between mother and daughter. He addresses strikingly the unbearable love between a parent and their child.

Truly one of the greatest Italian films, this is an absorbing, emotional, modest journey with wonderful music; coarse, down-to-earth cinematography from the wonderful old days of gritty film prints and old school hands-on editing; incredible acting not only from Loren but from the young actress playing her daughter, who drastically transforms; and also from Jean- Paul Belmondo, who convincingly plays completely against type; and a beautifully emotional final shot. For those who feel detached from older foreign films, especially neo-realist, I have yet to see an Italian neo-realist film any more alive than this one!


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