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Alberto Moravia (novel)
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Release Date:
9 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Una contadina
Emma Baron ... Maria
Bruna Cealti ... Una sfollata
Antonella Della Porta ... La madre impazzita
Mario Frera
Franco Balducci ... Il tedesco nel pagliaio
Luciana Cortellesi

Curt Lowens
Tony Calio (as Tony Caliò)
Remo Galavotti
Elsa Mancini
Giuseppina Ruggeri

Luciano Pigozzi ... Scimmione, il capo miliziano
Luigi Terribile
Antonio Gastaldi
Carolina Carbonaro

Raf Vallone ... Giovanni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ettore Mattia ... Il passeggero sul treno (uncredited)
Vincenzo Musolino ... Il piccolo Alessandro (uncredited)

Renato Salvatori ... Florindo, il camionista (uncredited)

Directed by
Vittorio De Sica 
Writing credits
Alberto Moravia (novel)

Cesare Zavattini (adaptation and screenplay)

Vittorio De Sica  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Carlo Ponti .... producer
Original Music by
Armando Trovajoli 
Cinematography by
Gábor Pogány  (as Gabor Pogany)
Film Editing by
Adriana Novelli 
Production Design by
Gastone Medin 
Set Decoration by
Elio Costanzi 
Costume Design by
Elio Costanzi 
Makeup Department
Maria Angelini .... hair stylist
Giuseppe Annunziata .... makeup artist (as Giuseppe Annunziatà)
Production Management
Mario Bianchi .... production manager
Lucio Bompani .... production supervisor
Gianni Cecchin .... production supervisor
Jone Tuzi .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luisa Alessandri .... first assistant director
Giovanni Fago .... second assistant director
Checco Rissone .... second assistant director
Art Department
Emilio D'Andria .... assistant set decorator
Italo Tomassi .... manager of art department (uncredited)
Sound Department
Philippe Arthuys .... special sound effects
Giovanni Rossi .... sound technician
Special Effects by
Serse Urbisaglia .... special effects (as M. Urbisaglia)
Visual Effects by
Joseph Nathanson .... matte artist (as Joseph Natanson)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Capriotti .... camera operator
Pierluigi Praturlon .... still photographer (as Pierluigi)
Silvio Fraschetti .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giulia Mafai .... assistant costume designer
Other crew
Margherita Autuori .... press attache (as Rossetti)
Ines Bruschi .... script girl (as Ines Brusci)
Enrico Lucherini .... press attache (as Lucherini)
Alfredo Melidoni .... production secretary
Matteo Spinola .... press attache (as Spinola)
Armondo Linus Acosta .... design consultant (uncredited)
Nadine Mela .... press attache: french re-release 2009 (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Two Women" - International (English title) (imdb display title), UK, USA
"La ciociara" - France (imdb display title)
"Paysanne aux pieds nus" - France
"Dos mujeres" - Argentina, Mexico (imdb display title), Spain
"Duas Mulheres" - Brazil (imdb display title), Portugal
"Η ατιμασμενη" - Greece
"Две жене" - Serbia
"Чoчара" - Russia
"Чoчарка" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"...und dennoch leben sie" - West Germany
"De två kvinnorna" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"De vluchtelingen" - Belgium (Flemish title) (TV title)
"Egy asszony meg a lánya" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Horalka" - Czech Republic (imdb display title)
"Huntigeren" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"I atimasmeni" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Kaksi naista" - Finland
"Kizim ve Ben" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
"La Ciociara: La paysanne aux pieds nus" - Belgium (French title) (imdb display title)
"Matka i córka" - Poland
"To kvinner" - Norway (imdb display title)
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100 min | USA:93 min (subtitled release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (re-rating on appeal) | Finland:K-15 (2001) | France:Tous publics | Italy:VM16 | Netherlands:16 (DVD) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | West Germany:18 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

Sophia Loren claims that Director De Sica, so caught up in the story, regularly cried on the set when filming particularly emotional scenes.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Near the beginning of the film Cesira and Rosetta choose to walk rather than wait aboard their stranded train. However they set off in the opposite direction to the train's destination.See more »
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.See more »
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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Innocence lost in the fog of war, 30 October 2004
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

***SPOILERS*** Set in 1943 war torn Italy the movie "Two Women" is about a mother and daughter leaving Rome for the , what they think, safety of the countryside and going back to their little village in the hills and mountains in the Agro Pontino area just north of Rome.

Sophia Loren in a somewhat non-glamorous role as Cesira a shop owner in the Italian capital who's estranged from her husband and is, at the time that we first meet her, having an affair with local food distributor Giovanni, Ralf Vallone. Taking care of her shy teenage daughter Rosetta, Eleanor Brown, Cesira has had enough of the almost daily and deadly bombing by the USAAF and RAF and leaves the city with her daughter by train for her home town. There's trouble almost as soon as the train leaves the city with it being derailed by an Allied air attack. Leaving the disabled train and on foot both Cesira and Rosetta make it to the village after they survive an air attack by a USAAF fighter that killed a farmer who was walking on the same road with them.

After getting to the village things are more or less peaceful, with the war just an old and bitter memory, with Cesira meeting and falling in love with the local intellectual as well as socialist young collage student Michele,Jean-Paul Belmondo, who even young Rosetta takes a strong liking to. The almost forgotten war slowly catches up with Cesira and Rosetta and the people at the small village as the Allied forces break through the German lines and reach the outskirts of Rome. It soon becomes too dangerous for the village people to stay and they start to leave and go south to the Italian capital city which is now in US/Allied hands. Before this happened a squad of German soldiers entered the town and took Michele with them as a guide through the dangerous hills and valleys of the Argo Pontino.

On their way to Rome the two women, Cesira & Rosetta, stop off at a bombed out church to get some rest and are later set upon by a group of French Colonial Moroccan troops. The Moroccans brutally beat and gang raped them leaving young Rosetta almost mute with fear and shame of what happened to her and her mother. Getting back on their way to the Italian capital Cesira & Rosetta are both picked up by a local truck driver Firindo, Renato Salvatore. Stoping off at a small town outside of Rome that night Rosetta who seemed to have completely lost her mind, since she and her mother were raped, sneaks out of the room that she sharing with Cesira and has an affair with the truck driver. This both sickened and outrages her already distraught mother. The movie ends with Cesira getting the terrible news that her lover Michele was shot and killed by the Germans as we later see both mother and daughter alone in their small room arm in arm crying and consoling each other as the movie slowly fades to black.

Sophia Loren rightfully who got an Academy Award as best actress for 1961 in the role of Cesira was both feisty as well as touching as the long suffering Italian mom. The vicious rape scene in the bombed out church of Cesira and Rosetta was not only graphic and shocking. By having this outrage committed by the liberating allied troops instead of the occupying German soldiers it showed that there's nothing good that comes out of war on either side.

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