Two Women

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Overview

Sophia Loren's Oscar-winning performance as the widowed mother who is raped, along with her thirteen-year-old daughter, by Allied Moroccan soldiers during World War II remains a gritty and harrowingly realistic portrayal of the horrors of war that don't necessarily take place on the battlefield. Presented in standard 1.33:1 full-screen and accompanied by an Italian Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also features optional English subtitles. With a bonus clip and special intro by Tony Curtis, director ...
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Overview

Sophia Loren's Oscar-winning performance as the widowed mother who is raped, along with her thirteen-year-old daughter, by Allied Moroccan soldiers during World War II remains a gritty and harrowingly realistic portrayal of the horrors of war that don't necessarily take place on the battlefield. Presented in standard 1.33:1 full-screen and accompanied by an Italian Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also features optional English subtitles. With a bonus clip and special intro by Tony Curtis, director Vittorio De Sica's classic tale of wartime atrocities is preserved for future generations with this DVD release.
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Special Features

Introduction by Tony Curtis; Original theatrical trailer for Sophia Loren's film Operation Crossbow
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Wheeler Winston Dixon
One of Vittorio De Sica's greatest films, featuring one of Sophia Loren's finest performances, Two Women is the sort of film that even European studios don't make anymore, simply because it isn't an inherently commercial project. De Sica, who burst into international prominence with his film Ladri di Biciclette (Bicycle Thieves/The Bicycle Thief, 1948), and then consolidated his reputation with such masterpieces as Umberto D. (1952), Ieri, Oggi, Domani (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, [1963]), and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970), in addition to his work as an actor in more than 150 films from 1917 to 1975, created one of his most compelling and deeply sympathetic films with Two Women, which deservedly won a Golden Globe as the Best Foreign Language Film of 1961. The film also resulted in an Academy Award for Loren as Best Actress, as well as Best Actress at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival. Why is it forgotten today, one wonders? First of all, it is in black and white, and in the hyper-colorized 21st century cinema universe, monochrome severely limits a film's potential audience. Then, too, the film is a deft blend of comedy and tragedy, and for audiences who want a safe middle emotional ground, this film simply doesn't offer that artificial safety net. Structurally, the film is simple: Cesira (Loren) and her young daughter, Rosetta (Eleanora Brown), flee Rome to escape the Allied bombing during World War II, hoping to return to the village of Cesira's birth. Numerous events, some trivial, some major, happen during their journey. Cesira attracts the attention of Michele (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a young man who is kind and attentive, but the war predictably interrupts their romance. In the film's most harrowing sequence, both Cesira and Rosetta are raped simultaneously in a church by a group of renegade soldiers; De Sica stages the sequence in a horrific series of close-ups, as Cesira and Rosetta, pinned to the ground, are unable to help each other, but can only watch as both are violated. In the aftermath of the rape, Cesira suffers a mental breakdown. Now a shadow of her former self, Cesira has no idea how to resume her former life. In the film's tragic denouement, Michele is shot and killed by German soldiers, and Cesira and Rosetta are left to console each other as best they can. De Sica handles the film superbly in each sequence, generous to the actors, knowing precisely where to place the camera for maximum impact. Some viewers objected to the film's episodic structure, but in this, Two Women mimics life itself. De Sica's career as a director is uneven, and he was always in debt due to an insatiable appetite for gambling, which led him to make a number of films that were beneath his considerable talents. But with Two Women, he is absolutely true to his material, and Loren's performance reminds one of Anna Magnani at her most luminous. Two Women is a film to cherish, to view repeatedly, and to remember.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2000
  • UPC: 018111205290
  • Original Release: 1960
  • Rating:

  • Source: Delta
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Black & White / Letterbox
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Curt Lowens
Mario Frera
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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [3:09]
2. Plans to Leave [4:33]
3. No Business at This Hour [4:54]
4. The Walk to Naples [7:13]
5. Dodging Bullets [9:31]
6. The Big Lights [2:37]
7. A Walk in the Mountains [5:04]
8. Two English Soldiers [5:03]
9. Straight to Her Head [6:13]
10. Talk of Love [3:14]
11. Hidden Bread [2:36]
12. A Dangerous Walk [8:50]
13. Michael Gets His Kiss [3:05]
14. Food, Water and a Guide [3:42]
15. The Americans Are Coming [5:46]
16. The Road Back to Rome [3:19]
17. The Unthinkable Happens [4:47]
18. Mad Woman [3:44]
19. "Do You Like to Dance?" [6:23]
20. A Daughter Returns [5:28]
21. Tony Curtis' Parting Words [:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start
   Index
   Bonus Clip
   Resume
   Tony Curtis Intro
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