Mamma Roma
Mamma Roma (1962)

Anna Magnani stars as Mamma Roma, a rural Italian hooker trying to create a new life for herself. This proves impossible when the past keeps rearing its ugly head in the form of Mamma Rosa's previous "johns." She returns to… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1962
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
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David Fear
Time Out

A key transitional work for the cinematic subversive, a seriously damning portrait of maternal martyrdom and, in a killer final shot, upward mobility.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Pasolini's second film showcases Anna Magnani with a minimum of sentimentality in a bleak, pitiless Eternal City of the early '60s.

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Cole Smithey

Spectacular in its reverence for the bottom rung of society.

Fernando F. Croce

A world at once mundane and monumental for Pier Paolo Pasolini

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... draws from the neo-realist tradition, but Pasolini goes beyond the tradition to play with the form and structure.

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Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Because it is sublime, and because the confrontation of many of Pasolini's films can be an intimidation, it is among the controversial director's best films.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Magnani is the only professional actor in a cast of non-professionals and her overwrought emotional performance contrasts greatly with all the other natural performances.

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Brandon Judell
Entertainment Asylum

But in a sense, Pasolini's was the perfect death for someone who lived on the edge, whose art was raw as it could be.

Jake Euker

The highlight are two long takes in which Magnani walks the nighttime streets of Rome, exhilarating, free-wheeling cinematic moments without close parallels anywhere.

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Aj V
I think this is the earliest Pasolini film I've seen, and it's really pretty good, it has a good story, although it's sort of predictable, the… More
Eric Broome
A bravado performance by Anna Magnani in an early Pier Paolo Pasolini film, when Pasolini was still heavily under the sway of neo-realism. You may be hearing… More
Stefanie C
The Italian auteurs? cinematic roots were in neo-realism, yet diverged as their respective styles developed. Aside from Pasolini's political leanings, it… More
John Ballantine
TIFF luckilly put together a retrospective of Pasolini recently. No more oversaturation with Fellini. This and so many other of the 50s and 60s Italian dramas… More
Michael S
Pasolini's greatest, and most heartfelt work.