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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 »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Absolutely amazing 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)
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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 | Spain:7 | Spain:T (DVD re-rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1997) | USA:Not Rated
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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 »
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 »
Soundtrack:
Concerto in D MinorSee more »

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26 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely amazing, 16 May 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Mamma Roma could be Pasolini's best film. Well, perhaps I shouldn't judge that right now. I have seen two others, Salo, which I quite like despite its being the vilest film ever made, and The Gospel According to Matthew, generally considered his best film. I love that one, as well. But, as much as I loved those two films, they didn't envelope me like Mamma Roma did.

Anna Magnani plays the titular character, an aging, plump, and earthy whore. Her pimp has retired and let her go, so Mamma Ro' runs off to the country to gather up her teenage son. The backstory of the son is left obscure. Apparently Mamma Ro' left him with some relatives or something like that. Her son, Ettore, is excited to move to Rome, but he is not sure whether he trusts his mother. She has abandoned him for most of his life presumably (one of the great gifts that Pasolini has in this film is that he never spells anything out, but just suggests and implies a lot).

The film shifts between Mamma Ro' and Ettore. Ro' is running a respectable fruit stand, although she likes to hang around all of her friends who are still prostitutes and pimps. Probably the most memorable shot of the film occurs when Ro' walks down the streets of rural Rome at night. The camera moves backwards on a dolly, and Ro' is constantly walking towards it. Her friends approach her, talk with her and walk with her a while, only to drop back. A few seconds later, a new companion will walk up next to Ro' and walk beside her, talk with her. There are actually two scenes with this shockingly beautiful technique, used at strategic points of the film. Mamma Roma cares about her son more than anything. She is a good mother, or at least she is overly determined to be one.

Ettore, on the other hand, lives a life of boredom. School does not interest him, nor does work. He would rather hang around with all the local hoodlums and the local tramp who lives down the street. He wanders around amongst the ruins of ancient Roman city walls. The landscape is simply beautiful, but in a very desolate manner. As the film progresses, Ettore grows more and more delinquent.

The themes of mother and son are universal. Of making amends and of growing up. This film captures the feel of human existence as almost no other film does. Pasolini is a genius, he has his fingers right on the pulse of human rhythm. I think that he captures what the neorealist directors were always after. They always got bogged down in melodrama, although I do love a ton of them. Mamma Roma is the kind of film that makes me happy to be alive. It's not exactly a happy film, but it is wonderfully life affirming. When Mamma Ro' rode proudly down the street on the back of her son's motorbike, it left a mark on me never to be erased.

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