Pier Paolo Pasolini

Mamma Roma

Mamma Roma

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.

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Special 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

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Special 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

Mamma Roma
Cast
Anna Magnani
Mamma Roma
Ettore Garofolo
Ettore
Franco Citti
Carmine
Silvana Corsini
Bruna
Luisa Loiano
Biancofiore
Paolo Volponi
The priest
Luciano Gonini
Zacaria
Vittorio La Paglia
Il signore Pellissier
Piero Morgia
Piero
Franco Ceccarelli
Carletto
Marcello Sorrentino
Tonino
Sandro Meschino
Pasquale
Franco Tovo
Augusto
Pasquale Ferrarese
Lino
Leandro Santarelli
Begalo
Emanuele Di Bari
Gennarino, the worker
Antonio Spoletini
Un pompieretto
Nino Bionci
Un pittoretto
Nino Venzi
A client
Maria Bernardini
The bride
Santino Citti
The bride's father
Renato Montalbano
A patient
Credits
Director
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Screenplay
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Producer
Alfredo Bini
Cinematography
Tonino Delli Colli
Editing
Nino Baragli
Art director
Flavio Mogherini
Music coordinator
Carlo Rustichelli

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Pier Paolo Pasolini

Writer, Director

Pier Paolo Pasolini
Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ability to simultaneously embrace conflicting philosophies—he was both a Catholic and a Marxist; a modern-minded, openly gay man who looked to the distant past for inspiration and comfort; a staunch leftist who at one point in the late sixties infamously spoke out against left-wing student protests (sympathizing instead with the working-class police)—was matched by the multifariousness of his professional life, as a filmmaker, poet, journalist, novelist, playwright, painter, actor, and all-around intellectual public figure. What he is best known for, however, is undoubtedly his subversive body of film work. He was a student of the written word, and among his earliest movie jobs was writing additional dialogue for Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria (1957). Soon he was directing his first film, Accattone (1961), a tale of street crime whose style and content greatly influenced the debut feature of his friend Bernardo Bertolucci, La commare secca (1962), for which Pasolini also supplied the original story. The outspoken and always political Pasolini’s films became increasingly scandalous—even, to some minds, blasphemous—from the gritty reimagining of the Christ story The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) to the bawdy medieval tales in his Trilogy of Life (1971–1974). Tragically, Pasolini was found brutally murdered weeks before the release of his final work, the grotesque, Marquis de Sade–derived Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), still one of the world’s most controversial films.