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Mamma Roma (1962)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  18 January 1995 (USA)
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After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution.... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mamma Roma
Ettore Garofolo ...
Ettore
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Carmine
Silvana Corsini ...
Bruna
Luisa Loiano ...
Biancofiore
Paolo Volponi ...
Il Prete (Priest)
Luciano Gonini ...
Zacaria
Vittorio La Paglia ...
Il sig. Pellissier
Piero Morgia ...
Piero
Franco Ceccarelli ...
Carletto
Marcello Sorrentino ...
Tonino
Sandro Meschino ...
Pasquale
Franco Tovo ...
Augusto
Pasquale Ferrarese ...
Lino
Leandro Santarelli ...
Begalo
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After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution. She brings her teenage son Ettore (Ettore Garofolo), who was raised alone in the country, to live with her, and Ettore becomes her pride and joy. However, the boy that does not want to study or work, joins to idle friends, has a crush on a bitch, and Mamma Roma uses her best but limited efforts to straight Ettore and make him an honest man. However, her past haunts her with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Мама Рома  »

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At the films premiere in the Quattro Fontane Cinema (Rome, 22nd September 1962), Mr. Pier Paolo Pasolini was attacked by fascists who protested against the film. See more »

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In the opening titles, the music that is playing over the titles is noted as "Concerto in Do maggiore di Vivaldi," which translates in English as "Concerto in C major by Vivaldi." The music actually playing is the Largo (slow) movement from Vivaldi's Concerto in D minor (catalog number RV 540) See more »

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What is the difference between a king and a whore?
10 December 2003 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

If you think that you know the answer, just watch this masterpiece by the patriarch of the Italian "New Generation" whose work has changed the history of the Italian cinema (and literature). A marvellous poetic, neorealistic look on the pure maternal love and its interaction with the rotten feelings of the real world. The movie has the expressional force of a Greek tragedy, describing the impuissance of ordinary people to alter their fate by believing that "life is so beautiful, if you can think wisely".


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