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As usual, Criterion has done an exemplary job of assembling a wealth of supplementary materials. Pasolini's films demand at least rudimentary understanding of his life and politics, and that background is provided through new interviews with former collaborators, a clip-laden 1995 documentary about Pasolini's career, and a 32-page booklet containing excerpts of interviews from the out-of-print book Pasolini on Pasolini, along with a mini-essay on Mamma Roma that further illuminates the film in the context of Pasolini's controversial career. For anyone interested in Pasolini's art, this two-disc set provides a suitable starting point, offering important films and scholarly study in the esteemed Criterion tradition. --Jeff Shannon
Pasolini and Magnani. What else is there?
Scenes that will sear your heart.
Magnani's laugh, peddler cry and mother's forlorn expression out a window,
you will... Read more
This film was directed by Pier Paolo Passolini, not Jean Luc Godard. If amazon corrects their mistake after I write this and you are reading my “review” wondering what is wrong... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ted Fred
Mamma Roma, 1962 film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Anna Magnani, Franco Citti, Paolo Volponi, Silvana Corsini
Although Mamma Roma could be described as a cross... Read more
I find it astounding Pasolini criticized the star, Anna Magnani, for her performance. He claimed she overpowered the film, but what a lackluster affair it would have been had she... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Clayton
the most important film about mother's love - the ideal combination of fluid cinema storytelling with sophisticated, tough intellectual proposition creates a cinematic masterpiece... Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by vic
Mamma Roma is a film of great profundity and SEAMLESS development.
The work of Anna Magnani is one that has mostly escaped me, but I have always known of her revered status as... Read more
The plot of this early Pasolini is steeped in Italian neo-Realist conventions, but already his style is boldly formalistic. Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Charles D. Fulton
... is not only the prostitute Mamma Roma, who attempts to recover a semblance of respectability in order to launch her teenage son toward a better career than either farming or... Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by Giordano Bruno
Mamma Roma is an Italian film about a mother and her son. The story starts out at a wedding, where Mamma Roma is there to haunt her ex-husband and his new bride. Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by Richard Brzostek