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Mamma Roma(1962)

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  • mama roma

    • kevin sellers
    • 10/13/15

    Utterly despairing, joyless film, that is at least given some life force by Magnani. Her interpretation of a hooker/mom with a heart of bourgeois gold is pretty damn memorable. As is some of the imagery, like the night time purgatory of Magnani's prostitute walk, with the street lamps in the background, like some kinky church altar, and men coming up from the shadows, listening to her railing at the fates, and then peeling off again. I guess you'd have to say that ol Pasolini is some kind of a genius to come up with visuals like that. I also like a lot of the supporting cast (the cheerfully amoral co worker of Magnini, the menacing pimp and ex boyfriend, the local neighborhood ho who is, paradoxically, the most humane figure in the entire film) On the downside, that soulless, modern apartment complex on the outskirts of Rome seems recycled from every single, goddamn, postwar Italian film. (although that church dome in the background is interesting) And the actor who plays Magnini's kid is a bit on the stiff side. Therefore, when he dies (in a very stylized manner, I might add), you don't really give a rat's ass. So let's give it a B.

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