Accattone (The Procurer) (The Scrounger)
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Accattone (The Procurer) (The Scrounger)
Accattone , Pier Paolo Pasolini's first feature, is also his first semidocumentary study of "the little homelands": the small, often squalid cultural pockets in the remotest provinces of Italy. Using nonprofessional actors for his leading characters, Pasolini concentrates on Franco Citti, a rural pimp who falls in love with virtuous Franca Pasut. Having previously led an aimless existence, Citti takes a job-and, it is implied, a bath--in hopes of impressing his new girl. It isn't long, however, before Citti gives up both job and Pasut, degenerating into a life of violent… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a fascinating debut by writer-director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who has scripted some interesting pix."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The brutality and frigid despair of this 1962 film have had a lasting impact on political filmmaking."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A brutally lyrical and unsentimental urban drama grounded in realism."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Powerful, gripping, urgent."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"The character of Accattone himself, self-destructive and conscious of his situation within a class from which he cannot escape, embodies many of the contradictions in Pasolini's lifetime of coming to terms with Marxism and Catholicism."
‑ , Time Out
"At once squalid and exalted"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Pasolini made a strong feature debut with this gritty portrait of a new type of an Italian anti-hero, departing from the post WWII Italian ne-realism."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This may be the grimmest movie I've ever seen."
‑ Nick Barbaro, Austin Chronicle
"The result is uneven, but not without distinction."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"Pasolini's first feature is a classic neorealist study of the Roman underworld of poverty and petty thievery."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"presents an even bleaker picture than Rossellini and De Sica"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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