Mamma Roma

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Mamma Roma ★★★½ 1962

Pasolini's second film is a heartbreaking story of family ties, escaping the past, and dreams of the future. The title character (Magnani) is a former prostitute who attempts respectability for herself and her teenaged son (Garofolo). But her expimp (Citti) threatens her new life and Rome's bigcity temptations prove to be a pathway to crime and tragedy for the boy. Magnani gives one of her finest performances. Italian with subtitles. 110m/B VHS, DVD . IT Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini, Luisa Loiano; D: Pier Paolo Pasolini; W: Pier Paolo Pasolini; C: Tonino Delli Colli.