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Genre  Drama
Country  Italy
7.9/10 IMDb

Director  Pier Paolo Pasolini
Language  Italian
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Release date  31 August 1961 (1961-08-31) (Venice Film Festival)22 November 1961 (1961-11-22) (Italy)
Writer  Pier Paolo Pasolini (story), Pier Paolo Pasolini (screenplay), Sergio Citti (additional dialogue)
Cast  Franco Citti (Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi), Franca Pasut (Stella), Silvana Corsini (Maddalena), Paola Guidi (Ascenza), Adriana Asti (Amore), Luciano Conti (Il Moicano)
Similar movies  Irreversible, Act of Vengeance, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Canyons, Strange Days, Knock Knock

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Accattone is a 1961 Italian drama film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Despite being filmed from an original screenplay, Accattone is often perceived as a cinematic rendition of Pasolini's earlier novels, particularly The Ragazzi and A Violent Life. It was Pasolini's first film as director, employing what would later be seen as trademark Pasolini characteristics; a cast of non-professional actors hailing from where the movie is set, and thematic emphasis on impoverished individuals.


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While many people were surprised by Pasolini's shift from literature to film, he had considered attending the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome before World War II. Pasolini had collaborated with Federico Fellini on Le notti di Cabiria and considered cinema to be writing with reality. The word "accattone" is a slang term mainly used for beggars, referring to people who never do well, who are lazy, and who rarely hold down a job.

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Accattone is a story of pimps, prostitutes and thieves, types also represented in his novels. The life of the working (and not-working) poor is depicted, in contrast to Italy's postwar economic reforms. Pasolini’s choice of topics was scandalous at the time, as was his blurring of the lines between the sacred and the profane. Although Pasolini tried to distance himself from neorealism, the film is considered to be a kind of second-generation neorealism, with one critic believing it "may be the grimmest movie" he'd ever seen.

Accattone movie scenes


Accattone movie scenes

Vittorio (Franco Citti), nicknamed "Accattone" (meaning 'beggar' in Italian), leads a mostly serene life as a pimp until his prostitute, Maddalena, is hurt by his rivals and sent to prison. Finding himself without either a steady income or much inclination for working himself, he first tries to reconcile with the estranged mother of his child, but is driven away by her relatives; he then encounters the (apparently) naive Stella and tries to lure her into prostituting herself for him. She is willing to try, but when her first client begins pawing her she cries and gets out of the car. Accattone tries to support her, but gives up on honest labor after one day, and following a bizarre vision of his own death, gets killed in a traffic accident when he tries to evade the police on a stolen motorcycle.


Accattone movie scenes
  • Franco Citti as Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi
  • Franca Pasut as Stella
  • Silvana Corsini as Maddalena
  • Paola Guidi as Ascenza
  • Adriana Asti as Amore
  • Luciano Conti as Il Moicano
  • Luciano Gonini as Piede D'Oro
  • Renato Capogna as Renato
  • Alfredo Leggi as Papo Hirmedo
  • Galeazzo Riccardi as Cipolla
  • Leonardo Muraglia as Mammoletto
  • Giuseppe Ristagno as Peppe
  • Roberto Giovannoni as The German
  • Mario Cipriani as Balilla
  • Roberto Scaringella as Cartagine
  • Silvio Citti as Sabino
  • Monica Vitti (uncredited) as Ascenza (voice)
  • Awards

    Franco Citti was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor in 1963 for his title role.


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