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Accattone (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 April 1968 (USA)
A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.

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Pier Paolo Pasolini (story), Pier Paolo Pasolini (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Citti ... Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi
Franca Pasut Franca Pasut ... Stella
Silvana Corsini Silvana Corsini ... Maddalena
Paola Guidi Paola Guidi ... Ascenza
Adriana Asti ... Amore
Luciano Conti Luciano Conti ... Il Moicano
Luciano Gonini Luciano Gonini ... Piede D'Oro
Renato Capogna Renato Capogna ... Renato
Alfredo Leggi ... Papo Hirmedo
Galeazzo Riccardi Galeazzo Riccardi ... Cipolla
Leonardo Muraglia Leonardo Muraglia ... Mammoletto
Giuseppe Ristagno Giuseppe Ristagno ... Peppe
Roberto Giovannoni Roberto Giovannoni ... The German
Mario Cipriani Mario Cipriani ... Balilla
Roberto Scaringella Roberto Scaringella ... Cartagine
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Storyline

In a seedy section of Rome, Vittorio Cataldi - "Accattone" ("beggar" in Italian) to those that know him - lives off the avails of prostitution, Maddalena being his one and only girl. He is married to Ascenza with who he has one young son named Iaio, but he does not live with them - they who live with her father and brother - provide for them, or play any important part of their lives. He generally hangs out with his similarly slack life friends playing cards and drinking. His source of income is threatened when Maddalena is injured being hit by a motorcyclist, then beaten by rivals of his, which leads to her being arrested and jailed for a year. Largely because of Iaio, Accattone contemplates going straight and getting a real job. Then he meets Stella, a young innocent woman who has had a hard life, but who is not as naive to the ways of the world as she first appears. Accattone falls in love with her, but as the thought of working a steady job now becomes abhorrent, contemplates ... Written by Huggo

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The Poor Man's "Dolce Vita"

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Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

4 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scrounger See more »

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Arco Film, Cino del Duca See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Rome premiere of Accatone was accosted by the neo-fascist group Nuova-Europa, causing mayhem by violently attacking the audience and vandalising the cinema. See more »

Quotes

Balilla: Long live us thieves! We stretch out our hand and always get something.
Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi: Yes, a jail sentence.
Balilla: We're born with a vocation. I was born with the instinct to thieve. You weren't born with the instinct of a pim so you're a beggar.
Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi: You want to pick a fight? Go and get killed somewhere else. I did alright.
Balilla: Go back to thieving, there's no unemployment for thieves.
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Alternate Versions

The VHS and DVD versions produced by Water Bearer Films are listed as running 116 minutes, suggesting that this print is four minutes shorter than the original release. See more »

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St Matthew Passion
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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cinema of tragic poetry
31 October 2001 | by cogsSee all my reviews

Accattone is a relentless study of the suffering that accompanies poverty. Pasolini utilises the well worn techniques of the Italian neo-realist moment to represent the depressing and oppressive life of a pimp - Accattone (played by the astonishing Franco Citti) - in the slums of post-war Rome. His life is beleaguered by guilt and self-disgust; his occupation, which is ostensibly the exploitation of women, causes the titular character untold despair. Ultimately he is unable to rationalise his need to eat with the suffering he causes to the women who work for him; they are, after all, also his lovers. Yet, Pasolini is careful to maintain the humanity of his protagonist by representing his hopeless situation as equally a result of his own doings as that of the social environment. Pasolini's Accattone is a masterful debut which expertly calls into service the devices of the cinema to convey a depressing but also compassionate narrative. His style is equal parts poetry and melodrama; a tough combo for any director. Some moments of this film are as tragically lyrical as those to be found in a film by Robert Bresson or Roberto Rossellini. Accattone is a commendable combination of style and substance which will leave few viewers unaffected.


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