Mothers and sons -- Italy -- Drama, Prostitutes -- Italy -- Drama

Mamma Roma


Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini,

Mamma Roma captures the dispirited world of a spirited prostitute and her efforts to rise above her trade toward a petit bourgeois life for herself and her grown son. In stone ruins and suburban housing projects, Pier Paolo Pasolini finds a combination of the seamy and the lyric, the ugly and the classical. Pasolini, who rarely used professional actors, questioned using Magnani. Nevertheless, as Mamma Roma walks the streets giving young johns what they want—her stories; gives her pimp ex-husband his due in ribald song; or dances a tango with her soon-to-be martyred son, it’s hard to picture anyone but Magnani in the role.

Judy Bloch
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Tonino Delli Colli
  • Italian
  • English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 110 mins

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Chantal Akerman: the pajama interview (interview), LOLA Press, Nicole Brenez, 2012

Mamma Roma (review), Film Journal International, Cole Gagne, 1995

I remember Mamma (review), Pulse!, Tom Lanham, 1995

Beautiful losers (review), East Bay Express, Michael Covino, 1995

Pasolini's second coming (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 1995

Mamma Roma (distributor materials), Milestone Film & Video, 1995

Alma mater (review), SF Weekly, Daniel Mangin, 1995

Mamma Roma (distributor materials), Milestone Film & Video, 1995

Pier Paolo Pasolini: the eyes of a poet (booklet), UCLA Film & Television Archive, 1991

Pier Paolo Pasolini (program note), Art Gallery of Ontario, James Quandt, 1990

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