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Two Women

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Original title
La ciociara
Running time
100 min.
Italy Italy
Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio De Sica (Novel: Alberto Moravia)
Armando Trovajoli
Gábor Pogány (B&W)
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Co-production Italy-France; Compagnia Cinematografica Champion Magic / Cocinor / Les Films Marceau / Société Générale de Cinématographie (S.G.C.)
Drama | II World War. Melodrama
Movie Groups
Alberto Moravia Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
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.
1961: Oscar: Best Actress (Sophia Loren)
1961: Golden Globe: Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film
1961: BAFTA Awards: Best Foreign Actress (Sophia Loren)
1961: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress (Sophia Loren)
1961: Cannes Film Festival: Best Actress (Sophia Loren)
1961: National Board of Review: Top Best Foreign Films
1960: David di Donatello Awards: Best Actress (Sophia Loren)
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