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Mamma Roma -- Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son.

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Release Date:
18 January 1995 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Mamma Roma is a middle-aged whore of Roma. Now she can quit her job to become a fruit seller. And she can take back her 16-year-old son... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Ettore as Mantegna's Christ: another perspective See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anna Magnani ... Mamma Roma
Ettore Garofolo ... Ettore

Franco Citti ... 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
Emanuele Di Bari ... Gennarino il trovatore
Antonio Spoletini ... Un pompieretto
Nino Bionci ... Un pittoretto
Nino Venzi ... Un cliente (A client)
Maria Bernardini ... La sposa (The Bride)
Santino Citti ... Padre della sposa (Bride's father)
Renato Montalbano ... Un infermiere (Nurse)

Lamberto Maggiorani ... Un malato (Sick man)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renato Capogna ... Pimp (uncredited)
Mario Cipriani ... Thug (uncredited)
Renato Troiani ... Pimp (uncredited)

Directed by
Pier Paolo Pasolini 
 
Writing credits
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Pier Paolo Pasolini 

Produced by
Alfredo Bini .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli 
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
 
Art Direction by
Flavio Mogherini 
 
Set Decoration by
Massimo Tavazzi 
 
Makeup Department
Marcello Ceccarelli .... makeup artist
Amalia Paoletti .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Eliseo Boschi .... production manager
Fernando Franchi .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carlo Di Carlo .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Renato Cadueri .... sound mixer
Leopoldo Rosi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Franco Delli Colli .... camera operator
Gioacchino Sofia .... assistant camera
Angelo Novi .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Andreina Casini .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Carlo Rustichelli .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Franco Casati .... production secretary
Sergio Citti .... additional dialogue
Lina D'Amico .... script girl
Giulio De Stephanis .... cashier
Bruno Frascà .... production secretary
Mirella Gamacchio .... script girl (as Mirella Comacchio)
Vincenzo Taito .... administration inspector
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
106 min | USA:110 min | Argentina:110 min | UK:95 min (original version)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Argentina:18 | Argentina:13 (with warning) (re-release) | Australia:M | Finland:S | Italy:VM14 (cinema release) (1962) | Netherlands:6 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Spain:7 | Spain:T (DVD re-rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1997) | USA:Not Rated
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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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Soundtrack:
Violino tziganoSee more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Ettore as Mantegna's Christ: another perspective, 23 October 2006
Author: (laserbeam-1) from philadelphia, pennsylvania

Just wanted to point out that in the final scenes, Pasolini shows Ettore in jail (for stealing), strapped to a table, and it's very much like Andrea Mantegna's painting, "The Dead Christ." This might say a lot about what Pasolini thought about Christ's crucifixion, and how we might view Mamma Roma the whore and her son Ettore (perhaps not as mother and son, but as Mary Magdalene and Christ?). This final scene also makes one recall how the opening scene, the marriage of Carmine (the pimp) and his bride, looks so much like DaVinci's painting, "The Last Supper"... and so the film opens with a visual reference to Christ the pimp before he dies, and ends with one of Christ the thief after he dies.

So many things about this film have elements of the story of Christ, only they're turned on their head. Ettore's relationship with the loose woman Bruna, his familiar dealing with moneylenders, his lazy and thieving followers, his lack of a trade, his stealing -- it's as if he's the opposite of Christ. And yet Ettore is blessed: he's rooted in nature (he grew up on a farm, he recognizes birds by their songs, acts spontaneously on his natural feelings of anger or lust) and he's set within a story that's essentially about the power of morality and redemption. Mamma Roma is a flawed woman but a good woman who's trying to do the right thing, to mend her ways. And Ettore is not so much an anti-Christ as he is a proto-Christ -- a pre-Christian figure. The film 'Mamma Roma' may have more to do with being a pagan story than a Christian one...

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