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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