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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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Taglines:

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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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

Kid standing on riverbank: Aren't you going to take off your gold chain and bracelets?
Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi: No, I want to die wearing my gold like the pharoahs.
Kid standing on riverbank: Give it to us!
Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi: No - if you want gold you have to swim for it.
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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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Accattone: a story of the Roman lumpenproletariat
17 December 2006 | by crlsimonSee all my reviews

Just to start with, Accattone was not filmed in Naples but in Rome. Someone might have brought to that understanding by some Neapolitans gangsters that appear at some point in the movie As for the "ruins" that scatter the landscape, they are mostly buildings that will soon replace the barracks such as the one in which Accattone lives, or the Acquedotto Felice, an ancient Roman aqueduct that runs close to Prenestina and Casilina, two Roman suburbs, that you can see in Mamma Roma as well. Franco Citti, the character of Accattone, perfectly embodies the roman lumpenproletariat of the time: idle, fatalistic and desperate. Pasolini met Franco's brother Sergio, a plasterer, hanging around Cinecittà in 1951. He introduced him to his brother Franco that became Pasolini's dialectical adviser for Accattone, Mamma Roma and his book "Ragazzi di vita"; his "living vocabulary" as he called him. Indeed, Pasolini interests for dialects and slangs (Roman is not really a dialect anymore but a slang) was not disappointed. The dialogues between the characters are full of fantasy: rude and in some way reminiscent of their peasant past. A must see if you're interested in Neorealism and in the "ways of the underworld lumpenproletariat". Someone connected this movie with Bunuel's "Los Olvidados". I definitely agree.


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