This was a short film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1962 and was part of the omnibus film RoGoPaG (AKA Ro.Go.Pa.G.). Pier Paolo Pasolini ( March 5, 1922 – November 2, 1975) was an Italian Poet, Intellectual, Film director Ro GoPa G (also known as "RoGoPaG" is a 1963 Film, which consists of four segments each written and directed by one of the four film It is often considered the most memorable portion of RoGoPaG and the height of Pasolini's creative powers and social criticism.
In summary, the film deals with the film production of the Passion of Jesus with a director acting like Pasolini yet played by Orson Welles. George Orson Welles (May 6 1915 – October 10 1985 was an Academy Award -winning director, writer actor and producer for film stage radio and television The most biting social critique is shown through the main character of Stracci (meaning "rags"). Stracci is a poor and starving man who works as an extra (ironically, the "good thief") who is not given pity or mercy. Stracci tries everything to get something to eat and he finally does. Unfortunately the ricotta cheese he avidly gorges on, combined with the awkward position he's forced to assume while being "crucified" in front of the camera prove a fatal combination and he dies from indigestion. Stracci represents the poor and the marginalized people, "the ones who hunger for bread" who, according to Pasolini, are neglected by a society, which prides itself on being Christian. Thus, in this view, the Roman Catholicism of Italy is more concerned with status and prominence than helping the poor, a teaching of Christ that Pasolini admired greatly.
The production of the Passion, done outside of Rome, represents a corrupted society who is interested in superficial beauty and yet possesses a corrupted core. This is demonstrated with the extras' lack of interest with the film itself, preferring instead to dance to ya-ya music, lying around during break time and tormenting Stracci. This is also demonstrated in the elaborate poses the director has set up, evoking the great Italian Renaissance, particularly of Pontormo and Fiorentino and yet are far from respected. Jacopo Carucci ( May 24, 1494 — January 2, 1557) usually known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Giovanni Battista di Jacopo (1494-1540 known as Rosso Fiorentino (meaning "the Red Florentine" in Italian or Il Rosso, was an Italian
Pasolini, in a disclaimer tacked in the beginning of "La ricotta," affirms that he does not hold the Passion itself in contempt. In fact, he made it at the same time he was making The Gospel According to St. Matthew, which would be held in high respect by both director and audience. The Gospel According to St Matthew is a 1964 Italian Film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. However, Pasolini was accused of holding contempt for the state religion (ironically, charged under a Fascist law) and was convicted. His imprisonment was four months and the conviction was later declared void by an appeals court.
All essays and excerpts can be found in the booklet accompanying the Mamma Roma DVD. Mamma Roma is a 1962 Film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Story An ex-prostitute Mamma Roma ( Anna Magnani) The Criterion Collection is a Privately held company that distributes "authoritative" consumer versions of "important classic and contemporary films" Mamma Roma is a 1962 Film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Story An ex-prostitute Mamma Roma ( Anna Magnani)