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Sophie Loren in "La Ciociara (Two Women)"

This is the 1960 original Italian language black and white film, starring Sophie Loren, that tells the story of a woman trying to protect her teenaged daughter from the horrors of war.

Her daughter and her are raped by Allied Morroccan soldiers during World War II. Their survival is an intensly moving story.

Screenplay is by Cesare Zavattini from an Alberto Moravia novel.

The film was remade in 1989, by Loren, in a two part Italian TVM.

Sophia Loren won and Academy Award for Best Actress for her role. This was the first time an actress won an acting award for a non-English speaking role.

Cast: Sophie Loren, Raf Vallone, Eleanora Brown, Jean-Paul Belmondo
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Producer: Carlo Ponti
Production Company: Sostar . SA - M-G-M
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white
Language: English
Contact Information: www.k-otic.com
Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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"Two Women" (1961)

Starring: Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo Director: Vittorio De Sica

Plot Synopsis: Cesira and her 13-year-old daughter, Rosetta, flee from the allied bombs in Rome during the second world war. They travel to the village where Cesira was born. During their journey and in the village, the mother does everything to protect Rosetta. However, on one occasion they both get raped by soldiers hiding in a church. This cruel event is too much for the always powerful fighting Cesira and she suffers from a breakdown. During their stay in the village, a young intellectual, Michele falls in love with Cesira who does not know how to reply to the advances of such a gentleman.

Amazon.com essential video review: Sophia Loren won a much-deserved Academy Award for her performance in this 1960 classic by neo-realist filmmaker Vittorio de Sica. A last-minute substitute for Anna Magnani, Loren reached deep within her own memories of wartime experiences for her portrait of a widow struggling to survive in battle-scarred Italy along with a teenage daughter (Eleonora Brown). The film begins with both women sharing romantic feelings toward a young man (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a story line disrupted by the ravages of World War II and the horrifying rape of both mother and daughter in a church by Allied Moroccan soldiers. The aftermath of this atrocity finds both characters dealing with even more, varying shades of grief, as the war seems to sap all that they had treasured and leaves them with only the bare bones of their emotional and physical survival. De Sica's capacity to render tragedy both with the starkest of strokes and the most delicate of emotions has never been more impressive than in this film, and Loren's shatteringly honest portrayal is a watershed in movie history. --Tom Keogh

• DVD Release Date: June 30, 1998
• Run Time: 99 minutes. Language: Italian

Two Women (1998) (Sub) (2000)

Starring: Mohammad Reza Forutan, Niki Karimi Director: Tahmineh Milani

Plot Synopsis: A sensation when released in 1999 in Iran, Two Women charts the lives of two promising architecture students over the course of the first turbulent years of the Islamic Republic. Tahimine Milani creates this scathing portrait of those traditions - aided by official indifference - which conspire to trap women and stop them from realizing their full potential; the inclusion of frank depictions of domestic violence was hailed by many as a breakthrough in dealing with a long taboo subject.

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Country girl Fereshteh and city girl Roya, schoolmates at Tehran University in the early '80s, become fri ends when the former tutors the latter to pay her way through architectural school. Their friendship and innocent f un are clouded only by the presence of a young man who stalks the pretty Fereshteh, demanding she marry him. She br ushes him off and the girls feel strong enough to disregard his advances, until one day he throws a bottle of acid a t Fereshteh's cousin, mistaking him for her boyfriend. Blaming her for brining disgrace onto the family, Fereshteh' s father forces her to return home from university, which has been closed due to the turmoil following the Islamic revolution anyway.

• DVD Release Date: October 29, 2002
• Run Time: 108 minutes

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