In Pier Paolo Pasolini’s neorealist take on society’s marginalized and dispossessed, Anna Magnani delivers a powerhouse performance as a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son.
One of the iconoclastic Pier Paolo Pasolini’s most radical
provocations finds the auteur moving beyond the poetic, proletarian
earthiness that first won him renown and notoriety with a coolly cryptic
exploration of bourgeois spiritual emptiness.