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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

April 24, 2017

Mamma Roma

Film still: Mamma Roma Film still: Mamma Roma


Italian Cinema Clubs Award
New Cinema Award—Best Actress
Golden Lion
Venice Film Fest
Recommended "The least known of Pier Paolo Pasolini's features in this country also happens to be one of his best. It stars Anna Magnani at her most volcanic, hyperbolic, and magnificent"
  —Chicago Reader
"Hell hath no fury like Mamma Roma, the virago played so stormily by Anna Magnani"
  —New York Times

You may have seen great acting, but you've likely never encountered the sheer life force on display in Mamma Roma. Anna Magnani's performance as the ex-prostitute trying to start a new life as a vegetable seller with her 16-year-old son, Ettore, is astounding.

It could well be argued that Pier Paolo Pasolini was one of the most influential filmmakers of the last half of the 20th century. His themes, his politics, his use of non-actors, his concern with consumerist capitalism, resonate well into today. In Mamma Roma, he makes a leap into the post neo-realist era, establishing a new, vibrant film aesthetic on the shards of Italian fascism. Mamma Roma is a film that seen once, will never be forgotten.

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy, 1962, 120 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by a reception starting at 6:00 p.m. and followed by a discussion led by Facets Founder and Artistic Director, Milos Stehlik.


  • Monday, April 24 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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