A MOTHER’S LOVE

Film Forum revives ‘Mamma Roma’

When it was released in Italy in 1962, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s controversial second feature film, Mamma Roma, was banned for obscenity for its story of a former prostitute struggling to make a new life for herself and her son, who falls in with the wrong crowd. Now, Film Forum is reviving this classic with a fresh 35mm print. It’s a wonderful chance to see the Italian powerhouse Anna Magnani in what is considered to be one of her finest, most gripping performances as Mamma Roma, a woman tragically unable to outrun the demons of her past.
Jan. 21-Feb. 1, 2011
 
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