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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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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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pier Paolo Pasolini's directing debut. See more »

Quotes

Cartagine: Accattone, how are you?
Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi: [Dying] Now I'm fine.
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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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Edited into Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985) See more »

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St Matthew Passion
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Stunning Debut of a Great Director
28 February 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the poor periphery of Rome of the 60's, the despicable caftan Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi (Franco Citti) is maintained by the hooker Maddalena (Silvana Corsini), spending the time with his useless idle friends. When the prostitute is arrested for perjury, the pimp "Accattone" has nobody to support him, but he seduces the naive worker Stella (Franca Pasut) and she becomes a whore. However, Accattone has a crush on Stella and decides to find a way to support her, with tragic consequences.

"Accattone" is the stunning debut of the great director Pier Paolo Pasolini. He returns to the theme of the misery of Italy in the postwar, explored in many Italian neo-realist movies such as Fellini's "Le Notti di Cabiria" (1957) and Visconti's "Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli" (1960), and magnificently shows the lifestyle of great part of the population in Italy, its lower class, with lack of perspective, starvation, prostitution and unemployment. Considering that this movie is also the debut or the beginning of the career of most actors and actresses, it is amazing how Pasolini was able to make such gem. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Accattoni – Desajuste Social" ("Accattoni – Social Maladjustment")


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