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Two Women / La Ciociara

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
8.00 /10
Sophia Loren , Jean-Paul Belmondo, Eleanora Brown
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Directed by: Vittorio De Sica
Written by: Cesare Zavattini, Vittoria De Sica from Alberto Moravia's novel

Released: 1961
Origin: Italy/ France
Colour: BW
Length: 110

An Italian mother (Sophia Loren, pictured) and her daughter (Eleanora Brown) are raped by Allied Moroccan soldiers during WW2.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Originally, the idea was for Sophia Loren to play the daughter; but Anna Magnani flatly refused to play Loren's mother. Redesigned as an old-fashioned, melodramatic star vehicle for Loren, the film won her the first ever Oscar for a non-American actress in a foreign-language film. Too bad that all the characters around her are so grievously under-written.

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