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Mamma Roma

Mamma Roma (1962)

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Anna Magnani stars as Mamma Roma, a rural Italian hooker trying to create a new life for herself. This proves impossible when the past keeps rearing its ugly head in the form of Mamma Rosa's previous "johns." She returns to her old profession, whereupon her son Ettore Garofalo becomes a thief and is killed by the police. Written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini (his second film), Mamma Roma is one of the least known but most approachable of the director's efforts. As in many of his earliest

Jun 22, 2004

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A key transitional work for the cinematic subversive, a seriously damning portrait of maternal martyrdom and, in a killer final shot, upward mobility.

January 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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A world at once mundane and monumental for Pier Paolo Pasolini

September 2, 2013 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Magnani is the only professional actor in a cast of non-professionals and her overwrought emotional performance contrasts greatly with all the other natural performances.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Pasolini's second film showcases Anna Magnani with a minimum of sentimentality in a bleak, pitiless Eternal City of the early '60s.

January 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

... draws from the neo-realist tradition, but Pasolini goes beyond the tradition to play with the form and structure.

March 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

But in a sense, Pasolini's was the perfect death for someone who lived on the edge, whose art was raw as it could be.

June 27, 2007 Full Review
Entertainment Asylum

Spectacular in its reverence for the bottom rung of society.

October 5, 2006
ColeSmithey.com

Because it is sublime, and because the confrontation of many of Pasolini's films can be an intimidation, it is among the controversial director's best films.

July 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The highlight are two long takes in which Magnani walks the nighttime streets of Rome, exhilarating, free-wheeling cinematic moments without close parallels anywhere.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Volcanic performance by Anna Magnani.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Wired
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I think this is the earliest Pasolini film I've seen, and it's really pretty good, it has a good story, although it's sort of predictable, the end is good.
November 24, 2010
ajv2688

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The Italian auteurs? cinematic roots were in neo-realism, yet diverged as their respective styles developed. Aside from Pasolini's political leanings, it is easy to forget he is part of the tradition. This early film is representative of the genre with its trademark usage of natural settings, unknown actors, and class exploration. Yet, it also diverges by casting a well-known actress and idiosyncratic camerawork. Pasolini?s incorporation of the marginalized and psycho-sexual themes (think Oedipal) are his own unique signature. What ultimately sticks with me in this film is the priest?s statement to Mamma Roma regarding Ettore: 'You can't make something from nothing.' Yet, this is precisely what Mamma Roma is attempting to do with her son and herself. This is a damning declaration against petit bourgeois values and attempts to move above your class. Anna Magnani as Mamma Roma is larger than life, high spirited, hard working, but is an unredeemed character. This is a visionary indictment of the human spirit ~ an implied consequence of Italy?s political inheritance.
January 17, 2010
bookmunki

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Pasolini's greatest, and most heartfelt work.
October 7, 2007
YLOWBSTARDreturns

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A bravado performance by Anna Magnani in an early Pier Paolo Pasolini film, when Pasolini was still heavily under the sway of neo-realism. You may be hearing Magnani's robust laugh in your sleep for days after watching. The script is a bit wobbly in deciding whether it's a story about Magnani's character or her teenage son, but the ending is surprisingly dramatic. Be patient with the slow opening, and stick with it.

I loved the bit with Magnani sauntering down the night streets, indulgently monologuing about herself while other loiterers casually trade off on being her sounding board.
May 28, 2010
Eric Broome

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