Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute attempting to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in the great tradition of Italian neorealism, Mamma Roma highlights director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s lifelong fascination with the marginalized and dispossessed.
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Pasolini's second film is one of the great films about motherhood in all its sacrifices and unquestioning love. Anna Magnani gives one of the screen's great performances with this sometimes brutal portrayal of the mother/whore.
Anna Magnani was seriously perfect in this, which makes me wish that she was featured more in the film since the title is a bit misleading. The last five minutes was so bittersweet, sublime, and heartbreaking.
A masterpiece in black and white. Exact dramatization.
Grandiose performances by Anna Magnani.
What a mother!! An example for so many others...
Courageous example, of claw, of love!
Having even committed so many mistakes in her life!
Pasolini, obviously, offers us a great movie.
Pasolini seems more known for his later films such as adaptions of Medea and 1001 nights, yet this film is much more in tune with his novels, and wonderful at that. Also the incredible performance of Anna Magnani.
Only marginally compelling Neo-Realist character drama from writer-director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Anna Magnani is loud and annoying as the title character (she has this obnoxious, wide-mouthed laugh that is particularly grating), but fortunately most of the film focuses on her son played by Ettore Garofolo, who puts in a fine performance. The meandering story does have its moments, but overall it's pretty forgettable.