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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 9 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 21 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
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
"Mamma Roma" was Pasolini's second feature; his later films became increasingly avant-garde up until the director's death in 1975. Read morePublished on May 10, 2011 by Stephen C. Bird