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
Jan 1, 1962 Wide
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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.
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.
Pasolini's second film showcases Anna Magnani with a minimum of sentimentality in a bleak, pitiless Eternal City of the early '60s.
... draws from the neo-realist tradition, but Pasolini goes beyond the tradition to play with the form and structure.
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.
Spectacular in its reverence for the bottom rung of society.
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.
The highlight are two long takes in which Magnani walks the nighttime streets of Rome, exhilarating, free-wheeling cinematic moments without close parallels anywhere.
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