Mamma Roma

Film/Video
Mamma Roma

Mamma Roma

Image courtesy of Janus Films

Mamma Roma

Mamma Roma

Image courtesy of Janus Films

Mamma Roma

Mamma Roma

Image courtesy of Janus Films

Mamma Roma

(Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1962)

Retrospective: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Best known in the US as one of the great Italian postwar filmmakers, Pier Paolo Pasolini was also an influential, outspoken, and openly gay poet, novelist, critic, journalist, playwright, and painter. He held seemingly conflicting philosophies as both a Marxist and a Catholic, and was a staunch leftist who once spoke out against left-wing student protests in favor of the working-class police. His filmography represents perhaps the most subversive body of work ever put to film, still provoking outrage and charges of blasphemy in some quarters. However controversial, the themes he explores achieve a measure of timelessness and universality as many of his films are set in the distant past. Most importantly, his films often portray the lives of those existing on the fringes of society, in roles often played by nonprofessional actors. The Wex is thrilled to present this nearly complete retrospective with many titles screening in newly restored 35mm prints.

Fri, Jan 17, 2014 7 PM

The great actress Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, an aging prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Indebted to the great tradition of Italian neorealism, Mamma Roma offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy. (111 mins., 35mm)