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Accattone (The Procurer) (The Scrounger) (1961)

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Accattone , Pier Paolo Pasolini's first feature, is also his first semidocumentary study of "the little homelands": the small, often squalid cultural pockets in the remotest provinces of Italy. Using nonprofessional actors for his leading characters, Pasolini concentrates on Franco Citti, a rural pimp who falls in love with virtuous Franca Pasut. Having previously led an aimless existence, Citti takes a job-and, it is implied, a bath--in hopes of impressing his new girl. It isn't long, however,

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Art House & International, Drama

Sergio Citti

Apr 5, 2005

Water Bearer Films Inc.

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This is a fascinating debut by writer-director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who has scripted some interesting pix.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The character of Accattone himself, self-destructive and conscious of his situation within a class from which he cannot escape, embodies many of the contradictions in Pasolini's lifetime of coming to terms with Marxism and Catholicism.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The result is uneven, but not without distinction.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The brutality and frigid despair of this 1962 film have had a lasting impact on political filmmaking.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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At once squalid and exalted

February 6, 2012 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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Pasolini's first feature is a classic neorealist study of the Roman underworld of poverty and petty thievery.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A brutally lyrical and unsentimental urban drama grounded in realism.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Pasolini made a strong feature debut with this gritty portrait of a new type of an Italian anti-hero, departing from the post WWII Italian ne-realism.

June 27, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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presents an even bleaker picture than Rossellini and De Sica

June 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Powerful, gripping, urgent.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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This may be the grimmest movie I've ever seen.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Accattone (The Procurer) (The Scrounger)

Arguably one of the most impressive debuts of all time, Pier Paolo Pasolini had something to say and didn't mind taking risks saying it (he was dually arrested after filming). A tough background made him into an interesting character with interesting stories to tell, never scared to stand against political regime or religious doctrine. Here we have one of his finest films, certainly one of the finest films of the era. A blend of political and social commentary of post war capitalism and how it left many people behind. Beautifully shot in a neo-realistic, almost brutal fashion, new wave ain't got nothing on this! Why this film isn't uttered under the same breath or regarded as highly as films such as The Bicycle Thieves or Taxi Driver is beyond me, it's barely a cult classic yet other inferior imitations are embraced and celebrated. If you haven't yet seen it, you know what to do!
July 6, 2010
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  • Accattone - Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß (DE)
  • Accatone (UK)
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