MAMMA ROMA (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1962)

Anna Magnani gives a clear, bright performance, but not a profound or interesting one, in writer-director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Mamma Roma; her character, who tries leaving prostitution behind to provide guidance for her teenaged son, becomes a metaphor for Italy’s struggle to emerge from the shadow of its rigidly class-bound past. Mamma Roma is the […]