Castro Theatre Sat, Sep 10, 2022 3:00 PM
Film Info
Running Time:117 min.
Language:Italian (with English subtitles)
Director:Pier Paolo Pasolini
Producer:Alfredo Bini
Cino Del Duca
Screenwriter:Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cinematographer:Tonino Delli Colli
Editor:Nino Baragli
Cast:Franco Citti
Franca Pasut
Silvana Corsini
Paola Guidi
Format:4K DCP restoration
Courtesy of:Distr. Janus Restored by Cinecittà with Cineteca di Bologna and The Film Foundation in collaboration


After writing a pair of novels, Ragazzi di Vita and Una Vita Violenta, set in the urban periphery of Rome, Pasolini decided to turn to cinema to continue exploring this world and its characters. Accattone is the nickname of Vittorio—played by non professional Franco Citti, a soon to be Pasolini regular—a young loafer roaming the hardscrabble Roman slum of Pigneto who fancies himself a pimp. The desperation of Vittorio’s sun-baked world is intensified by Tonino Delli Colli’s crisp cinematography and the strains of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. One of cinema’s great debuts, Accattone reimagines Neorealism by eschewing any sentimentality for the poetry of the everyday.