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6 - 13 August 2023: Mamma Roma


Mamma Roma
Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1962, 110 min

 “Pasolini’s second film, reminiscent of his Accatone (1961), is a study of the sub-proletariat of Rome. Referencing her roles in the Italian Neorealist classics, Magnani is cast as a woman trying to escape her past as a prostitute as she harbors middle-class ambitions for her teenage son. Her former pimp, however, threatens to reveal to the boy his mother’s profession unless she goes back "on the game."” – Harvard Film Archive

Part of our Histoire(s) du cinéma series