La ciociara / Two Women (1960) CultFilms
In director Vittorio De Sica's acclaimed drama Two Women (1960), set in 1943 Rome, the city is a continual target of Allied bombs. With a fragile, sheltered 13-year-old daughter Rosetta (Eleonora Brown) to protect, widow Cesira (Sophia Loren) decides to leave her small grocery store and return to the relative safety of her native village Ciociara, in the Italian countryside.

Though there are assorted dangers along the way, the women arrive safely in Ciociara where they reintegrate themselves into the life of the community. They befriend Michele (Jean-Paul Belmondo), the earnest, Marxist son of a local farmer and help two British soldiers stranded in the countryside. It is when Cesira and Rosetta decide to return to Rome to escape the food shortages and more bombs that De Sica's film shows the misery of war and how it almost destroys the loving bond between mother and daughter. The villagers scatter, setting out on different paths to safety and Michele is taken by a ragtag group of German soldiers as a guide. In an isolated church where the women stop to rest they are brutally raped by Allied Moroccan soldiers, an act which turns the innocent, loving Rosetta into a blank-eyed stranger to her own mother.

Presented for the first time ever in pristine HD, sourced from a restored negative, TWO WOMEN at long last, finally gets the release it deserves on CultFilms, doing justice to this masterpiece of world-cinema. Uniquely, this release is presented in two versions: one in Italian, and one in English, dubbed by Loren herself. No other worldwide release has these two options.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Cast: Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone
Country: Italy, France
Genre: Drama, War

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 1:40:27 | 30.5 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italiano, English
Subtitles: English

-- "Sophia, yesterday, today and tomorrow", candid intimate interview with of Loren with exclusive footage of her family, close friends and collaborators such as Woody Allen, Giorgio Armani and others. 54 min
-- "Vittorio D", Tribute to multi-awarded maestro filmmaker De Sica, a milestone of Cinema history. With participations from the likes of Clint Eastwood, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, etc... 92 min

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