Two Women (1960)

Two Women (1960)

Sophia Loren
Director: Vittorio De Sica Cast: Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
, Eleanora Brown
Eleanora Brown
, Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo
Vittorio De Sica


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Normally, an actor or actress in a foreign-language film was not the ideal candidate for an Academy Award, inasmuch as his or her English-language "performance" was often dubbed in by an anonymous third party. Such was not the case of Sophia Loren in Two Women (La Ciociara), who did her own English dubbing. Adapted by director Vittorio De Sica and Cesare Zavattini from the novel by Alberto Moravia, Two Women is the semi-neorealist account of widow Cesira (Loren) and her teenaged daughter, Rosetta (Eleanora Brown), as they struggle to survive in war-ravaged Italy. A conventional romantic triangle between mother, daughter, and Michele (Jean-Paul Belmondo), is barely under way when the war rears its ugly head once more. Seeking shelter in a bombed-out church, Cesira and Rosetta are attacked and raped -- a horrifying sequence, capped by a freeze-frame close-up of Rosetta, her face a taut mask of terror (this image was enough to prompt a virulent "anti-smut" editorial in The Saturday Evening Post). Once they've recovered from this appalling experience, mother and daughter are offered a ride back to Rome by friendly truck driver Florindo (Renato Salvatori). Though Cesira had hoped to keep her daughter from compromising herself as a means of survival, she is crushed to discover that Rosetta has given herself to the truck driver in exchange for a pair of stockings. When Cesira and Rosetta finally reconcile, it is a grievous occasion, mourning the death of their mutual love, Michele. A last-minute replacement for Anna Magnani, Sophia Loren brought hitherto untapped depths of emotion to her performance in Two Women; she later stated that she was utilizing "sensory recall," dredging up memories of her own wartime experiences.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2016
UPC: 0889290890597
Original Release: 1960
Source: Mr. Fat-W Video
Time: 1:31:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sophia Loren Cesira
Eleanora Brown Rosetta
Jean-Paul Belmondo Michele
Raf Vallone Giovanni
Renato Salvatori Florindo
Carlo Ninchi Michele's Father
Franco Balducci Actor
Curt Lowens Actor
Mario Frera Actor
Emma Baron Maria
Andrea Checchi Fascist
Pupella Maggio Farmer
Luciano Pigozzi "Scimmione"

Technical Credits
Vittorio De Sica Director,Screenwriter
Luisa Alessandri Asst. Director
Giuseppe Annunziata Makeup
Lucio Bompani Production Manager
Mario Capriotti Cinematographer
Gianni Cecchin Production Manager
Elio Costanzi Costumes/Costume Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Levine Executive Producer
Gastone Medin Art Director
Adriana Novelli Editor
Gabor Pogany Cinematographer
Carlo Ponti Producer
Armando Trovajoli Score Composer
Cesare Zavattini Screenwriter

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