On the mean streets of Rome, eponymous pimp (Franco Citti) leads a hand-to-mouth existence on the very margins of society: prostituting, scrounging, exploiting. When his prize prostitute Maddalena is arrested and jailed, the pimp's fortunes dwindle, and he is forced to confront his own existence.
Stylish, gritty classic
- Accattone review by CP Customer
Pasolini is perhaps better known for his medieval films but here he presents a slice of real life from the edge of society. Thematically closer to an early Scorsese film with it depiction of desperate men on the edge. The transfer to blu-ray is nice too.
This film had such a great start for me which had me thinking great this is going to play out like a backstreet Godfather with a hint of Goodfellas but done with that added neo-realism by adding non-professional actors and entirely filming them against the backstreets slums of Rome.Unfortunately after the decent start things become quite staid as all we do is follow Accattone the main character going about his daily business roaming the streets pimping his prostitute girlfriends and committing various petty crimes ultimately getting nowhere, i get the realism of its vicious circle and loved going through the streets of this film but in the end its story just didn’t grab me and started to feel even longer than its runtime.Its probably the easiest and most straightforward film by Pasolini to crack and a competent debut but not one that i would really recommend.6/10