Mamma Roma – The neighborhood of a new life in Rome

A 1962 Italian drama film and the second film by Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Starring, Anna Magani (Mamma Roma), Ettore Garofolo (Ettore), Franco Citi (Carmine), Silvana Corsini (Bruna).

Mamma Roma is a Roman prostitute determined to change her life. She has a son, Ettore, unaware of her mother’s profession, who grew up in the provincial town of Guidonia and for whom she seems to be willing to act of infinite love.

The residential building on Via Sagunto

A woman of great temperament and inexhaustible strength, she sets up a vegetable cart in a square market and moves with her son to a small apartment on the outskirts of Rome.

Ettore grows up in the new environment, joining a company of burghers who organize petty thefts. He falls in love with Bruna, a girl older than him. Mamma Roma learns about her son’s relationship and tries to get him away from Bruna.

Later, the former protector, Carmine, reappears and forces Mamma Roma to return to prostitution. The woman begins a double life, during the day at the market and at night on the street. Ettore learns about his mother’s job, and that will be the beginning of the end.

The Parco degli Acquedotti is a public park to the southeast of Rome, Italy. It is part of the Appian Way Regional Park / Image source

Αlmost all the scenes of the film took place in the area around the public park, Parco degli Acquedotti, in Municipio VII, to the southeast of Rome. The new apartment of Mamma Roma and Ettore is located to the intersection of Via Sagunto and Via Treviri. Parco Degli Acquedotti is the site where Ettore and his friends play in the ruins. In the same place he will meet the beautiful Bruna. The location of Mamma Roma’s market stall is Via Lucio Sestio.

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