Skip to content

Mamma Roma

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s desperate, powerful take on post-Fascist redemption. Wolfish screen icon Anna Magnani is a gleaming, scheming force of nature as a retired Rome streetwalker striving to build a life for her coming-of-age son. In only his second film Pasolini leans heavily on his Neorealist elders with a bleak setting of tenements, street markets and shelled ruins, a naturalistic take on Italy’s disenfranchised. Through it all Magnani burns furious and bright – wilful, ambitious and ultimately tragic.

This text originally appeared in Total Film magazine

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: