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Itri, Vallecorse area, gulf of Gaeta border (Italy)
Cinecittà, Rome (Italy)
August through September 1960
Italian film in 6 years since La
fortuna di essere donna.
role of Cesira had been intended for
Anna Magnani, with Loren as her daughter. Magnani turned down the part
she felt that, at fifty-three, she was too young to portray Loren's
challenged De Sica to cast Loren as the mother instead. De Sica did so,
his reservations that Sophia was, at twenty-five, too young.
Sophia is reported to have fainted three times during the shooting of the film because of possible pregnancy.
"Before I made Two Women I was a performer. Afterward, I was an actress."
"Though I taught her, directed every move, when the tears came and the anguish in the film, it was her heart, her soul,
her own experience that she was drawing on. And when I saw it, I realized that she had come back to Italy.
She had come back to me with this vital desire to re-express herself in her own language. "
Vittorio De Sica
... the beauty of Miss Loren's performance is in her illumination of a passionate mother role. She is happy, expansive, lusty in the early phases of the film,
in tune with the gusto of the peasant,, gentle with her child. But when disaster strikes, she is grave and profound.
When she weeps for the innocence of her daughter, one quietly weeps with her.
Bosley Crowther, New York Times. 9 may 1961
"Mama Mia! Loren deservedly won a Best Actress Oscar--the first to a non-American actress in a foreign-language film--for this Vittorio De Sica film, adapted by screenwriter Cesare Zavattini from an Alberto Moravia novel. It's not a great De Sica-Zavattini collaboration; much of the movie suffers from poor pacing and listlessness, but Loren is a marvel to behold."
"La Ciociara is Sophia's film. The drama becomes substance, flesh and blood like Moravia's positive character, precisely in the woman
from Ciociaria and in the portrayal tha t Loren give of her".
Ugo Casiraghi, L'Unità, 24 dec 1960