Official selection of the 1961 Venice Film Festival.
The first of Pier Paolo Pasolini's highly acclaimed films and the winner of numerous film festival prizes, ACCATTONE uses a talented cast to present a vivid picture of the Roman slums. Based on one of the filmmaker/poet's novels, this story of a pimp, his friends, his enemies and his girls is realism at its earthiness. It is brutal, realistic, un-sentimental and bustling with life. Particularly effective is the use of Johann Sebastian Bach on the soundtrack which provides the ironic counterpoint of the world of prostitutes and street fighters. Though the source materials of ACCATTONE could certainly be better, this debut work deserves to be seen.
Cast & Crew
- Awards & Accolades
- Best Foreign Actor Nominee British Academy Film Awards 1963
Reviews(see the best reviews)
Honestly, the movie is fine, maybe even great, but the jerky playback ruined it for us.
Going back to Hulu if the streaming doesn't improve.
a sad movie about a way of life that does not seem to have an escape.
So very important.
Obviously a classic. Enjoyed the music.
I watched the whole film a couple of nights ago on my ipad. I had never even heard of the film before but knew the director Pier Paolo Pasolini from Mama Roma. This is his first film and a wonderful one at that. A group of young men living in the slums exploit women in prostitution for money. Their families, wives and children have rejected them and they aren't in a temperament to work low wage jobs. Accattone is the "tag" name of one of the young men who exploits a young woman. After a beating she ends up in the custody of police and his fortunes go downhill. Finding another young woman, he becomes attached to her and tries to work a job in order to support them both. But the street life is powerful and jobs are unattractive.