The Janus Collection – Mamma Roma – 11 Ago

The Janus Collection – Mamma Roma at International House Philadelphia

dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy, 1962, 110 mins, b/w, Italian w/ English subtitles

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 Neo-realism, 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.

Please stay after the film for a reception with Italian treats

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