Mamma Roma


Castro Theatre Sat, Sep 10, 2022 12:30 PM
Film Info
Running Time:107 min.
Language:Italian (with English subtitles)
Director:Pier Paolo Pasolini
Producer:Alfredo Bini
Screenwriter:Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cinematographer:Tonino Delli Colli
Editor:Nino Baragli
Cast:Anna Magnani
Ettore Garofolo
Franco Citti
Silvana Corsini
Courtesy of:Distr. Janus Film. Print from Cinecittà


Mamma Roma is Pasolini’s second feature and is among Pasolini’s most audaciously shaped and satisfying movies. The immortal Anna Magnani is equally vulnerable and volcanic as the titular character in Pasolini’s gritty tale of a mother determined to rise above poverty. The writer-director returns to the desolate outskirts of Rome for this tale of doomed maternal love set against a stark backdrop of ancient ruins and prefab apartment blocks. Former prostitute Mamma Roma is trying to start a fresh life in a new flat with her teenage son. But the criminal underworld she thought she had escaped slowly pulls her back into its vortex.