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Mamma Roma (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 January 1995 (USA)
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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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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When Mamma Roma takes off the veil from the bride and puts it on herself, the bride is shown still wearing the veil. See more »

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Soundtracks

Violino tzigano
Music by Cesare A. Bixio (as Bixio)
Lyrics by Bruno Cherubini (as Cherubini)
Performed by Joselito
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Impressive, Cruel, Touching, Riveting Realistic Drama
1 March 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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.

"Mamma Roma", the second movie of Pier Paolo Pasolini, is an impressive, cruel, touching, riveting realistic drama. Anna Magnani has an awesome performance in the role of a limited mother trying to live an honest life and give the best for her son. Franco Citti has a short, but also fantastic acting in the role of a nasty pimp. In times when Hollywoodian fairytale world prevails in most worldwide movie theaters and rentals, it is good to revisit the real world in this unforgettable gem. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Mamma Roma"


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