Accattone

Accattone

Pier Paolo Pasolini (1961)

111min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Pier Paolo Pasolini made his directorial debut with this uncompromising study of life on the mean streets of Rome. Using a cast of actors drawn mostly from the city's slums, he manages to find a raw poetry in the dealings of the pimps, prostitutes and petty thieves who populate a world with which he was very familiar. Franco Citti brings an indolent charm to his portrayal of Accatone, a wastrel who's reluctant to work, yet insufficiently ruthless to live by crime. However, it's Pasolini's ability to re-create the teeming urban bustle, which he ironically counterpoints with the music of Bach, that gives this ultimately tragic tale its authenticity and power.

Cast & Crew

Vittorio Accattone Franco Citti
Stella Franca Pasut
Maddalena Silvana Corsini
Ascenza Paolo Guidi
Amore Adriana Asti
Renato Renato Capogna
Cartagine Roberto Scaringella
Balilla Mario Cipriani
Pio Piero Morgia
Salvatore Umberto Bevilacqua
Director Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Other Information

Language: Italian +subtitlesBlack and whiteAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray