Rome Journal: Pier Paolo Pasolini's Mamma Roma, an Iconography

January 9, 2015 5:23 PM

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Pier Paulo Pasolini's masterpiece Mamma Roma (1962) is a story about a woman, but it's also a tale of a city.

So any understanding of the movie inevitably involves an almost Homeric odyssey providing a different Baedeker than the ones which emphasize great monuments to antiquity like the Pantheon and the Colosseum. The character Anna Magnani plays actually represents a mythos, a set of histories both pagan ...

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