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.
Our Lady of the Subproletariat, and her son, Our Pouty Pretty-Boy Saviour. Empathetic, almost reverent, neo-realism. Interspersed with heady, self-aware, New Wave-like interjections, then exalted by Vivaldi's baroque - mirroring the film - alternately weighty and lofty. All shot through with Magnani's overpowering presence and energy... As much of a beautiful, discordant mess as Pasolini's Rome.
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.