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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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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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Taglines:

Suddenly... Love Becomes Lust... Innocence becomes shame... As two women are trapped by violent passion and unforgettable terror! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

9 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Women See more »

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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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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #33469 delivered on 26 November 1960. 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

Vivere
Written by Cesare A. Bixio
(1937)
Published by Bixio Censa
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User Reviews

 
another great De Sica film
23 February 2002 | by amantsdupontneufSee all my reviews

very sad film by vittorio de sica (famed director of "the bicycle thief.") the first two thirds of the film move slowly, but it's still very engrossing. the final third of the film is pure cinematic tragedy. sophia loren won the oscar for best performance for a lead actress in this movie, and i beleive that she dearly deserved it. prior to seeing "two women" i had no idea what a terrific actress she was. her role as the mother desperately trying to shield her daughter from the horrors of the world is one of the finest that i have ever seen. this is a truly heartbreaking and beautiful film.


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