Two Women (1960)


“You may judge me as you like. It’s obvious you don’t know me.” – Cesira

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A young mother and her teenage daughter do all they can to survive in war torn Italy as the allied troops move closer.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have never seen, yet knew about it since it is known for being the very first film to feature a performance y an actor or actress that won an Oscar.

The story is told really well and the very emotional performance by Sophia Loren enhances things even more.

We are given a clear view of how the people in Italy needed to live their lives at the time when they had to deal with the repercussions of their government’s involvement in World War II.

The film shows how they are constantly torn by their desire to survive while never knowing who they can truly trust along the way.

The way that the story plays out comes across as being quite plausible and the choice to have the characters constantly on the move actually helps make this even more informative since we get to see how they deal with so many various situations along the way.

They meet up with numerous other characters and events along their journey that help shape the very emotional impact of this film because we are entrenched in a powerful atmosphere throughout.

With her performance here, Sophia Loren became the very first actress to win an Oscar for a performance given in any language besides English.

This was quite a deserving award because this performance stays with the viewer long after the credit begin to roll.

Bottom Line – Great film that is enhanced by the very emotional performance of Loren. The story is told so well and we get a clear idea of the kind of life that people needed to deal with during this very turbulent time where they never knew who they could trust.  The story works quite well and I really liked the way that the characters are constantly on the move since it allows them to encounter various people and events along the way that help shape the atmosphere of this powerful story. Loren became the very first actress to win an Oscar for a role spoken in a foreign language and it is so very deserving since it’s the kind of performance that stays with you for a long while even after the credits roll. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sophia Loren claims that Director De Sica, so caught up in the story, regularly cried on the set when filming particularly emotional scenes. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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