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MAMMA ROMA, Italy, 1962


Italy, 1962

Story and screenplay: Pier Paolo Pasolini. Script collaboration: Sergio Citti. Cinematographer: Tonino Delli Colli. Camera operator: Franco Delli Colli. Art director: Flavio Mogherini. Set designer Massimo Tavazzi. Film Sound Track “Violino Tzigano” by Cherubini-Bixio, sung by Joselito, “Concerto in Do Maggiore” by Antonio Vivaldi. Editor: Nino Baragli. Editor Assistant: Andreina Casini. Director assistant: Carlo di Carlo. Cast and characters: Anna Magnani (Mamma Roma), Ettore Garofalo (Ettore), Franco Citti (Carmine), Silvana Corsini (Bruna), Luisa Orioli (Biancofiore), Paolo Volponi (the priest), Luciano Gonini (Zacaria). Production: Arco Film (Roma). Producer: Alfredo Bini. Length: 115’.

Format: DCP. Source: CSC – Cineteca Nazionale under licence from Janus Films.

Original version. Subtitles: English

Restoration in 4K by CSC – Cineteca Nazionale from original 35mm negatives and from an optical column made available by RTI-Mediaset in conjunction with Infinity+ and Cine34.

Mamma Roma, a former prostitute, eager to start a new life with her son Ettore, tries to educate him to prepare him for a better future. The former protector, Carmine, pushes her back onto the sidewalk, threatening her to tell the truth to Ettore, who has long since learned about his mother’s past, leaves his job to engage in petty thefts with consequences that will reveal themselves. fatal for the whole family.

“The idea of ‘Mamma Roma’ came to me at least a year before I wrote the script for ‘Accattone’, when all the newspapers talked about the dramatic death of Marcello Elisei, a young prisoner who died in Regina Coeli, tied to a restraint bed. From that news event I matured a story whose protagonists bear their misery as an indelible condemnation, rejected in the mud because their guilt is like an original sin. ” (Pier Paolo Pasolini)

Monday 11th April, 2022 – 9:00pm

The restoration of the film was made in 2022 in 4K a edited by CSC – Cineteca Nazionale starting from the negatives scene and column made available by RTI-Mediaset in collaboration with Infinity + and Cine34. To rebuild the full version of the film some missing or damaged sections in the negative scene have been integrated with a positive preserved by the National Film Archive. Laboratory: Cinema Communications Services.

  • Organized by: IIC Melbourne