Two Women (Subtitled)
Suddenly, Love Becomes Lust… Innocence becomes shame… As two women are trapped by violent passion and unforgettable terror!
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 9, 2015
- Originally Released: 1960
- Label: Reel Vault
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo & Raf Vallone|
|Directed by||Vittorio De Sica|
|Screenplay by||Cesare Zavattini|
|Composition by||Armando Trovajoli|
|Cinematography by||Gábor Pogány|
|Story by||Alberto Moravia|
|Produced by||Carlo Ponti|
Academy Awards 1961 - Best Actress: Sophia Loren
Cannes 1961 - Best Actress: Sophia Loren
In Vittorio De Sica's TWO WOMEN, Cesira (Sophia Loren) and her young daughter (Eleonora Brown) leave Rome for the comfort of the Italian hills, hoping to remain safe during WWII. When the Allied troops start moving north, Cesira and her daughter feel secure enough to head back to Rome, but tragedy ensues when they encounter a group of Moroccan soldiers. Sultry Sophia Loren dominates this dark drama in a role that won her an Oscar for Best Actress.
Sophia Loren stars as Cesira, a devoted mother and a successful small business owner, in this Vittorio De Sica's TWO WOMEN, a dramatic adaptation of Alberto Moravia's touching novel, CESIRA. When the Allies begin bombing Mussolini's Rome, Cesira and her 12-year-old daughter, Rosetta (Eleonara Brown), travel by train and foot to the countryside where Cesira was born. The two women find food and shelter with other fugitives, and stand witness to some of the horrors of war. After the Allies land and head North from Rome, Cesira and Rosetta begin the long walk home. Resting inside of a Church, mother and daughter are discovered and gang raped by a cruel band of soldiers. Rosetta is traumatized, and temporarily becomes mute. Recovering from her initial shock, Rosetta displays a hardened licentious persona. But when Cesira informs Rosetta that a boy she adored has been killed, Rosetta's true feelings come to the surface in an outpouring of grief. Both Loren and Brown turn in wonderful performances as they struggle to survive and maintain their love for each other.
- TWO WOMEN was an official Italian entry in the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.
- Sophia Loren won the "Silver Ribbon" (the Italian version of the Oscar) for her first reputed "un-glamorous" role.
- Originally Sophia Loren was offered the part of the daughter.
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