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Mamma Roma (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 January 1965 (USA)
After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution.... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Magnani ... Mamma Roma
Ettore Garofolo Ettore Garofolo ... Ettore
Franco Citti ... Carmine
Silvana Corsini Silvana Corsini ... Bruna
Luisa Loiano Luisa Loiano ... Biancofiore
Paolo Volponi ... Il Prete (Priest)
Luciano Gonini Luciano Gonini ... Zacaria
Vittorio La Paglia Vittorio La Paglia ... Il sig. Pellissier
Piero Morgia Piero Morgia ... Piero
Franco Ceccarelli Franco Ceccarelli ... Carletto
Marcello Sorrentino Marcello Sorrentino ... Tonino
Sandro Meschino Sandro Meschino ... Pasquale
Franco Tovo Franco Tovo ... Augusto
Pasquale Ferrarese Pasquale Ferrarese ... Lino
Leandro Santarelli Leandro Santarelli ... Begalo
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Storyline

After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution. She brings her teenage son Ettore (Ettore Garofolo), who was raised alone in the country, to live with her, and Ettore becomes her pride and joy. However, the boy that does not want to study or work, joins to idle friends, has a crush on a bitch, and Mamma Roma uses her best but limited efforts to straight Ettore and make him an honest man. However, her past haunts her with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Мама Рома See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Arco Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

When Mamma Roma removes Clementina's veil and puts it on her own head, the camera cuts to Carmine's reaction. Next to him, we can see the sides of the veil still on Clementina's head. See more »

Quotes

Tonino: Are you leaving us high and dry? Just like the Germans, you come and take over.
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Connections

Referenced in Wie de Waarheid Zegt Moet Dood (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Piccolo, Strings & Continuo in C Major (RV443)
(second movement - largo)
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Heard as a theme when Carmine appears
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Ettore as Mantegna's Christ: another perspective
23 October 2006 | by laserbeam-1See all my reviews

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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