Mamma Roma

One of Pasolini’s earlier works, the often overlooked Mamma Roma has been described as being filmed ‘in the great tradition of Italian neorealism’, and offering ‘an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy.’ (Read more on The Criterion Collection website).

The film also stars one of the greatest Italian divas, Anna Magnani, as Mamma Roma – a middle-aged prostitute who struggles to overcome her past for the sake of her son, Ettore. As in many of his earliest movies (and the novels which preceded them), Pasolini explores the limited lives and dashed hopes of the cafoni, the Italian equivalent of America’s hillbillies. (Synopsis based on Rotten Tomatoes).

As usual, the screening will be followed by a group discussion over wine and nibbles.

When5-8pm, Wednesday 25th October

Where: Seminar room 1, Botany House

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The Consequences of Love

For our next screening, the Italian Department’s Rachel Johnson will present Paolo Sorretino’s The Consequences of Love (2004).

The film contains one of the most important cinematic trios in Italian film – one which will continue to work together films from Il Divo (2008) to The Great Beauty (2013) and Youth (2016) – director Paolo Sorrentino, cinematographer Luca Bigazzi, and lead actor Toni Servillo.

This is how Sight and Sound described The Consequences of Love when naming it its film of the month: ‘Just as an exercise in style, Consequences would be exceptional, but in its second half, as events gather momentum, it creates a compelling sense of existential vertigo, like a fatal fall captured in the most deliberate slow-motion.’

As usual, the screening will be followed by a group discussion over wine and nibbles.

When: 6-9pm, Wednesday 31st May

Where: Seminar room 1, LHRI