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Mamma Roma

Mamma Roma

Mamma Roma

1962 / 110min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: PIER PAOLO PASOLINI

CAST: ANNA MAGNANI, ETTORE GAROFOLO, FRANCO CITTI

Luigi Fontanella in person.

In 1969, Pier Paolo Pasolini visited New York for the second time and was interviewed by Giuseppe Cardillo (the longtime director of Istituto Italiano di Cultura of New York), during which he recalled his childhood and his life as a poet, film director, critic and political activist. The recording of this interview was unavailable to the public until it was discovered and rescued by Luigi Fontanella and published in Italian in 2005. On the occasion of the publication of Pasolini in New York (Film Desk Books), the first English translation of the interview (translated by Michael Palma), we welcome Luigi Fontanella, himself a poet, novelist, Pasolini scholar and Professor at SUNY Stony Brook, to present Mamma Roma, one of Pasolini’s most significant works and the film in which he achieves his "cinema di poesia,” as discussed in the interview and theorized in Pasolini’s later writings.