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Mamma Roma

Anna Magnani plays a former prostitute trying to move up the social ladder, despite the reappearance of her former lover and pimp.

Italy 1962
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
With Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini
Running time 111min
Certificate 15

Pasolini’s neo-realist roots show in his vehicle for the indomitable Anna Magnani, who plays a former prostitute trying to move up the social ladder. Mamma Roma reclaims her son Ettore and resettles in Rome, working as a vendor of fruit’n’veg – only to be thwarted by the reappearance of her old lover-pimp Carmine (Franco Citti again), whose manipulations help to provoke a near-operatic tragedy.


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