Mamma Roma

Arco Film

DVD - 2004

A middle-aged prostitute attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Mamma Roma offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy.

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Series
Criterion collection ; 236.
Subjects
Genres
Feature films
Social problem films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Published
[Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection [©2004]
Edition
Special edition
Language
Italian
English
Item Description
Videodisc release of a 1962 motion picture.
Special features: Interviews with Bernardo Bertolucci (6 min.), Tonino Delli Colli (9 min.), and Enzo Siciliano (9 min.) ; original theatrical trailer ; poster gallery ; documentary, Pier Paolo Pasolini (58 min., 1995) / Crommelinfilm presenta un film di Ivo Barnabo Micheli ; La ricotta (35 min., 1963) / scritto e diretto da Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (106 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Format
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
Audience
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Production Credits
Photography, Tonino Delli Colli ; editor, Nino Baragli ; music, Carlo Rustichelli.
ISBN
0780028007
9780780028005
Access
Classroom use may be subject to licensing restrictions.
Corporate Author
Arco Film (production company)
Other Authors
Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1922-1975 (film director), Alfredo Bini, 1926-2010 (film producer), Anna Magnani, 1908-1973 (actor), Ettore Garofolo (director of photography), Franco Citti (interviewee), Silvana Corsini, Tonino Delli Colli, Enzo Siciliano, 1934-2006, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ivo Barnabò Micheli, 1942-2005, Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Disc 1.
  • Feature film
  • Disc 2.
  • Special features.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts extricated herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in teh great tradition of Itailian neorealism, 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 is considered a classic; a glimpse at the country's most controversial director in the process of finding his style and a powerhouse performance by one of cinema's greatest actresses.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A former prostitute tries to leave the life and build a better one for her son.