Mamma Roma

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Mamma Roma
Directed byPier Paolo Pasolini
Produced byAlfredo Bini
Written byPier Paolo Pasolini
StarringAnna Magnani
Ettore Garofolo
CinematographyTonino Delli Colli
Edited byNino Baragli
Release date
Running time
106 minutes

Mamma Roma is a 1962 Italian drama film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini and starring Anna Magnani and Ettore Garofolo.


In Rome, an ex-prostitute, Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani), tries to start a new life selling vegetables with her 16-year-old son Ettore. When Ettore later finds out that she was a prostitute, he succumbs to his dark side and stops doing his duties. He later carries out a petty theft of a radio in a hospital and goes to prison. Meanwhile, until his incarceration, Mamma Roma struggles to raise her son the best way possible and build a new life for both.



Shooting for Mamma Rosa began on April 9, 1962. [1]


On August 13, 1962, a complaint was filed against Mamma Rosa claiming it was "offensive to good morals" and "contrary to the common sense of morality because of obscene content, contrary to public decency". The complaint was thrown out by a magistrate five days later [2]

At the film's premiere in the Quattro Fontane Cinema in Rome on 22 September 1962, Pasolini was attacked by fascists who protested against the film.[2]


  1. ^ Schwarz, Barth David (1992). Pasolini Requiem. New York: Pantheon Books. p. 394. ISBN 0-394-57744-2.
  2. ^ a b Schwarz, p. 406.

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