Two Women Overview:

Two Women (1960) was a Drama - War Film directed by Vittorio de Sica and produced by Carlo Ponti.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Alberto Moravia published in 1958.

Academy Awards 1961 --- Ceremony Number 34 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressSophia LorenWon

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Two Women (1961): Sophia Loren in Her Mother Tongue

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 7, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Sophia Loren is an extraordinary treasure of the cinema.?We know her from numerous Hollywood pictures but there’s something especially gratifying about hearing her in her mother tongue. It’s not that she is necessarily less herself in a picture like Houseboat, speaking English dialogue, ... Read full article

Two Women (1960)

By Beatrice on Feb 21, 2017 From Flickers in Time

Two Women (La Ciociara) Directed by Vittorio De Sica Written by Cesare Zavattini and Vittorio De Sica from a novel Alberto Moravia 1960/Italy/France Compagnia Cinematographica Champion, Cocinor, etc. Repeat viewing/Cinefest Free Trial on Amazon The story is set in the days and weeks following the... Read full article

Impact(1949). Wanted by two women! One for Love! One for Murder!

By Dawn on May 28, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Impact(1949).Noir. Cast: Brian Donlevy and Ella Raines. It was filmed in California including the scenes at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. The film was based on a story by film noir writer Jay Dratler. Millionaire Walter William's, young wife, Irene, is trying to kill him with the help of her l... Read full article

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Cesira: Do you know what they have done those "heroes" that you command? Do you know what your great soldiers have done in a holy church under the eyes of the madonna? Do you know?
American Soldier: Peace, peace.
Cesira: Yes, peace, beautful peace! You ruined my little daughter forever! Now she's worse than dead. No, I'm not mad, I'm not mad! Look at her! And tell me if I am mad! Rotten crazy bastards!

Cesira: I'd like to see you living like I did, sleeping in a shed! And we ate once a day, that's all. So, I went with the first one that said "I will bring you to Rome." I married Rome, not him.

English Soldier: There are lots of good things in Italy.
Michele Di Libero: You don't know Italy.
English Soldier: Oh, we know Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo.
Michele Di Libero: They are dead.

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Facts about

Italian censorship visa #33469 delivered on 26 November 1960.
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.
Sophia Loren's Best Actress Academy Award was the first Oscar ever given for a performance in a "foreign-language" film.
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