The Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies presents Pier Paolo Pasolini's tragedy MAMMA ROMA on 35mm celluloid. This special presentation is a Cosford Classic and will only screen Sunday April 20 at 5:30pm. The film includes an introduction and forms part of the series CINEMA CLASSICO, which concludes with MAMMA ROMA. Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in the great tradition of Italian neorealism, Mamma Roma offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy, and highlights director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s lifelong fascination with the marginalized and dispossessed. Though banned upon its release in Italy for obscenity, today MAMMA ROMA remains a classic, featuring a powerhouse performance by one of cinema’s greatest actresses and offering a glimpse at a country’s most controversial director in the process of finding his style.


Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Italy. 110minutes. 35mm Film.
1962. B+W. Italian with English Subtitles.



  • Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 8:30pm