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Year
1962
Runtime
106 min.
Director
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genre
Drama
Rating *
7.9
Votes *
4,556
Checks
1,294
Favs
135
Dislikes
4
Favs/checks
10.4% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
34:1
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  1. Camille Deadpan's avatar

    Camille Deadpan

    This is Pasolini's hommage to the neo-realist classics. Anna Magnani gives, as always, a wonderful and powerful performance. 7 years 1 month ago
  2. coffeejazzlofi's avatar

    coffeejazzlofi

    spoiler 4 years 9 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Mamma Roma is an early Pasolini film, and so looks and feels like he's part of the neo-realist movement of his day, until the ending where his penchant for Christian iconography is used to make the film more enigmatic. The title character is an emancipated prostitute who rescues her teenage son off the streets and sets off for a new life. Anna Magnani is earthy, raunchy and raw in the role - it's a great performance - at the mercy of her old pimp who keeps trying to drag her back into the life. Almost as much time is given to her listless, disaffected son, and neither seems able to disconnect from their former lives (due the naturalistic properties of neo-realism). Pasolini shines when he get symbolic, so I greatly admire the way Roma sleeping with different men is suggested by long walks with men who relay each other in conversation. And then there's the transformation of the son into a Christ figure, evoking the Passion and his disappearance from his tomb, and in turn, Mary Magdalen. As in the later Teorema, Pasolini gives us the Divine in the commonplace. Obviously, Roma isn't named accidentally, but I wonder whether "Rome the whore" is meant to be the Roman Empire as much as the fascist and post-fascist Italy of the film. In the end, it's a Christian image that might save Mamma Roma's soul, but that's ambiguous at best. Pasolini brings the Church down in the muck with his characters and it may be shown to have little power to save. 9 months 3 weeks ago
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  1. This movie ranks #53 in FilmTV's The Best Italian Films
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  2. This movie ranks #130 in Roy Menarini's Il Grande Cinema Italiano
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  3. This movie ranks #262 in The Criterion Collection
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  4. This movie ranks #521 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  5. This movie ranks #554 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  6. This movie ranks #930 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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