Accattone (The Procurer) (The Scrounger)
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Accattone (The Procurer) (The Scrounger)
Sloven, narcisstic and brutal, Vittorio is a small time pimp whose world is thrown into crisis when his meal-ticket is sent to jail. He re-establishes his usual business model by seducing Stella, at first just another innocent peasant girl. But this time Accattone finds himself instead seduced by Stella's angelic innocence and determines to go straight. The ending sounds happy; but the natural order of Italian society leads inevitably to tragedy.
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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