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Mamma Roma

Pier Paolo Pasolini

 
Mamma Roma (Criterion DVD)

DVD

2 Discs

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  • Italy
  • 1962
  • 110 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #236

Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in the great tradition of Italian neorealism, Mamma Roma offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy, and highlights director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s lifelong fascination with the marginalized and dispossessed. Though banned upon its release in Italy for obscenity, today Mamma Roma remains a classic, featuring a powerhouse performance by one of cinema’s greatest actresses and offering a glimpse at a country’s most controversial director in the process of finding his style.

Cast

Credits

DirectorPier Paolo Pasolini
ScreenplayPier Paolo Pasolini
ProducerAlfredo Bini
CinematographyTonino Delli Colli
EditingNino Baragli
Art directorFlavio Mogherini
Music coordinatorCarlo Rustichelli

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Three new interviews about director Pier Paolo Pasolini, featuring Bernardo Bertolucci, an assistant director to Pasolini on Accattone; Tonino Delli Colli, cinematographer on eleven of Pasolini’s fourteen films; and Enzo Siciliano, author of Pasolini: A Biography
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini (1995), a 58-minute documentary by filmmaker Ivo Barnabò Micheli covering the career of the controversial artist
  • La ricotta (1963), a 35-minute film by Pasolini starring Orson Welles as a director who sets out to make a film about the Passion of Jesus
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Poster gallery
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Plus: A 32-page booklet featuring excerpted interviews with Pasolini on Mamma Roma and La ricotta, and essays by novelist and culture critic Gary Indiana and Pasolini biographer Enzo Siciliano

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Pasolini, Mamma Roma, and La Ricotta

By Gary IndianaJune 21, 2004

Indefatigably productive, ingenious, exasperating, narcissistically didactic, slyly . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Pasolini, Mamma Roma, and La Ricotta

By Gary IndianaJune 21, 2004

Indefatigably productive, ingenious, exasperating, narcissistically didactic, slyly . . . Read more »