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Mamma Roma Reviews

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March 25, 2017
Pasolini's warmest and most emotional work. Magnani's performance is the weakest part of the film, but in every other terms, Mamma Roma is Pasolini's best motion picture.
October 18, 2015
An honest reassessment of Rossellini's brand of neorealism, Mamma Roma updates this style of filmmaking through a focus on the true root of societal discord in the lives of the impoverished. While naming the central character "Mother Rome" may be a little on the nose, Pasolini's choice to have Anna Magnani embody the essence of the ideal Italian woman is inspired, Magnani portraying the hardworking mother willing to sacrifice everything for her son as she did in Rossellini's Rome, Open City. Pasolini's Rome is much more pessimistic than that of the man he emulates, pointing to Italy's own faults instead of idealizing an Italian communal identity, adding an undercurrent of commentary to its homage.
October 10, 2015
another Italian pic about hookers which seems 2b an Italian favourite subject
May 19, 2015
Offering a raw snapshot of family struggles in post-fascist Italy, Pier Paulo Pasolini's dingy drama is a neo-realist gem.
Anna Magnani shines as cackling ex-prostitute, Mamma Roma. But Pasolini's picture is really a story about wandering boyhood and disenchanted youth. And a remarkably perceptive one at that.
Pasolini is a master of character and of framing; many shots evoking famous Christian Italian paintings and myth. Glorious cinema in both function and form.
½ March 21, 2015
Esta crÝtica es muy especial, ya que despuÚs de varias semanas con esta pieza me despido de otro curso mßs. Acabando un curso de neorrealismo, y de que manera lo acabo. Amo a Anna Magnani de una manera que nunca pensÚ, amo a Pasolini mas de lo que imaginaba. La pelÝcula es perfecta, la foto, el guiˇn, las actuaciones, por dios!. Una pelÝcula que tengo que volver a ver, como lo dije, TENGO.
½ August 13, 2014
Pasolini's world is always futile and gloomy, if not helpless.
March 27, 2014
The acting from Anna Magniani adds half a star to this movie.
March 4, 2014
A story about a maternal love and social climbing as well as a reflection on the class conflict, fate and self-determination. More grotesque than realist. Touching and effective.
August 29, 2013
P.P.P's other P.P film ! Translation: Pier Paolo Pasolini's other pimp/prostitute film. The other is the masterpiece Accattone. This one is even greater. It will floor you. It will devastate you. If tragedy is your forte, your metier, this is a MUST SEE. Gets a 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
½ August 22, 2013
the illness came out of the blue, felt misplaced. suppose it's realistic, though
½ October 22, 2012
A very powerful film about a difficult relationship between mother and son. I'm surprised that Pasolini and Anna Magnani herself didn't like her performance. I found it absolutely moving. I was surprised with how powerful it really was.
August 8, 2012
*Spoilers* Among the films I would consider "raw cinema". Shot in powerful black & white, with constantly stunning visuals. A story of a teen (Ettore) and his mother (Mamma Roma). The teen in unable to put his thoughts and emotions in the right places, so his mother, try's to do so by trying to give him a future. Doing so, Mamma Roma can't put her thoughts in the right places either. They both try to continue their lives as they did before Mamma Roma trying to help her son. Things start to slide out of their control, and once they almost hit rock bottom in that, they begin to hate each other, because all the shameful things in there lives get in the way of their mother-son relationship. Ettore gets arrested and even more shame grows, and they both grow nostalgic for the past. Throughout the film, it is slightly surreal, especially the ending, but it's always powerful, beautiful, and emotional. One of the greatest shots in the film is when Mamma Roma is with the fellow prostitutes, and she wanders around the pitch-black parking lot at night and she expresses her thoughts the people around there. They do this more than once, in which, Mamma Roma's thoughts gradually get more bleak and less enjoyable for those listening. The film, while it exceeds so much in character study, so much in visuals, so much in it's subtle story, and well, in what it keeps subtle, it has terrific pacing. It's pacing is comparable to "Goodfellas". Though the two films are entirely different, it does have that same perfectly timed decent to rock bottom. And they try to continue their same routines throughout, even with things obviously getting more hectic. Pasolini hasn't had an illiterate moment in his career, and this is certainly a highlight. Among my personal favorite films, and a cinematic gem for everyone.
July 30, 2012
The shame and grace of a struggling mother and her son--Impressive, Cruel, Touching, Riveting Realistic Drama!!
½ April 9, 2012
Love dis joint right here
Super Reviewer
January 13, 2012
TIFF luckilly put together a retrospective of Pasolini recently. No more oversaturation with Fellini. This and so many other of the 50s and 60s Italian dramas are heartbreaking and so wonderfully put together.
½ May 30, 2011
A hell of an introduction to Anna Magnani: inebriated, up to her ankles in pigs**t, laughing her head off, making the filthiest of allegations. And all this at SOMEBODY ELSE's wedding reception: "I'm not embarrassing you, am I?"... The film plumps for [the mother-son relationship] as a generally good thing, a raft for these two drifting souls to cling to, an analogue to the father-son relationship of "Bicycle Thieves", yet we're not too far removed from the Christ story (Mamma Magnani as Mary Magdalene, and the boy suffering for her sins), nor from "Oedipus Rex", both of which Pasolini would come to film within the next five years. Already, we see the beginnings of the director's experiments with form, mitigating against any reading of "Mamma Roma" as straightforward neo-realism: the frontal ceremonial compositions that would recur in "Salo", striking sequences in which Magnani literally walks the streets under lights that resemble the very stars in heaven, attracting and rebuffing the attentions of clients, and telling (selling?) her story to just about anybody who'll listen. It's a film that comes at you in vivid handfuls: properly scrappy scraps, painful betrayals, epic dark shadows under the eyes, a bold, enigmatic finale, and a directorial sensibility already wise enough to be using classical music as a way of heightening the tragedy and underlining these characters' standing as perpetual outcasts.
½ March 7, 2011
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½ February 5, 2011
Good, but a bit dry sometimes. And the awful german dub ruined it a lot. Rating applies until I watched the original version.
December 17, 2010
Anna Magnani gives a fantastic performance as a middle-aged prostitute trying set her life straight for herself and for her teenage son but her past comes back to haunt her with tragic consequences. It's one of Pasolini's earlier works and the film strongly reminds me of Italian neorealism with touches here and there of the Pasolini I know from "The Gospel According to St. Matthew", etc. An all in all, pretty darn good film
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