DIRECTOR: PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
CAST: ANNA MAGNANI, ETTORE GAROFOLO, FRANCO CITTI
Anna Magnani, famed for her seemingly spontaneous, volcanic displays of emotion on screen, has perhaps her supreme role as the middle-aged sex worker nicknamed “Mamma Roma,” a footsore veteran of the street who lives only to imagine a better life for her teenage son who, newly arrived in town from the country, begins to slip inextricably towards delinquency. Pasolini may have made greater films, but he never made one as awesomely moving—proof that the master of cinematic modernism was a magnificent melodramatist as well.
Three screenings only