Mamma Roma

Mamma Roma

Original Name: Mamma Roma
English Name: Mamma Roma
Year : 1962
Run Time : 106 min
Language :Italian
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Black & White
Country :Italy
Director :Pier Paolo Pasolini
Producer : Alfredo Bini
Cast : Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini, Luisa Loiano, Paolo Volponi
Screenplay :Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cinematographer :Tonino Delli Colli
Editor :Nino Baragli
Sound Designer : Leopoldo Rosi
Production Designer :Flavio Mogherini
Production Company :Arco Film


  • Venice FF 1962
  • Faro Island FF 1962

Director’s Selected Filmography :

  • 1975 Salò or 120 Years of Sodom
  • 1969 Medea
  • 1967 Oedipus Rex
  • 1966 Hawks and Sparrows
  • 1964 The Gospel According to St. Matthew
  • 1962 Mamma Roma
  • 1961 Accattone

Director’s Biography :

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini was a filmmaker, poet, journalist, novelist, playwright, painter, actor, and all-around intellectual public figure. He was a student of the written word, and among his earliest movie jobs was writing additional dialogue for Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria (1957). Soon he was directing his first film, Accattone (1961). The outspoken and always political Pasolini’s films became increasingly scandalous—even, to some minds, blasphemous—from the gritty reimagining of the Christ story The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) to the bawdy medieval tales in his Trilogy of Life (1971–1974). Tragically, Pasolini was found brutally murdered before the release of his final work, the grotesque, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), still one of the world’s most controversial films.

Synopsis :

Mamma Roma is a former prostitute who now has a vegetable stall at the local market. She decides to take back her sixteen-year-old son Ettore, who was raised by farmers, to fulfill her dream of giving him a life in the city. But the woman is blackmailed by her pimp, who forces her to go back out on the street. When Ettore discovers what his mother does for a living, he quits his job as a waiter at a restaurant and becomes a petty thief. He is arrested after stealing a transistor ratio and dies, wracked by fever-induced delirium. The film offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in post-war Italy.