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Can someone please tell me how it ends?


I only got to watch half of the film. Just curious how it ends.

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This is a tragic film with a sad ending. Despite Mamma Roma's best efforts to do her best for Ettore he squanders all of his golden opportunities and dies alone in prison. He does beg for forgiveness and Roma hopes for a miracle but, according to the commentary, modern society claims its toll. Roma tries to end her misery by throwing herself out of her apartment window but various people hold her back. The last scene is the view of the new Rome.

For the record, I rated this film 7/10 (good). The story is quite involved and Pasolini put a lot into this film. Had I been Italian then I would have appreciated it a lot more.

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Thanks for the reply. :-)

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Actually, I believe the person who answered your query left out an important bit of the ending though perhaps they didn't realize - Ettore does indeed die in person but he apparently is dies from a venearal disease from the hooker pal of Mamma Rosa who got the prostitute to seduce her son so he would forget the trampy local girl she was afraid he would throw his life away with!! He clearly was feverish and suffering before robbing that hospital patient and ending up in prison. Thanks to Mama's meddling, he ends up with a fatal disease which kills him.

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Sad. :( interesting movie tho.

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I was unsure whether he got the disease from the prostitute friend or the trampy local girl that seemed well on her way to a career in prostitution.

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HarlowMGM says > Ettore does indeed die in person but he apparently is dies from a venearal disease from the hooker pal of Mamma Rosa who got the prostitute to seduce her son
That's a good twist but where did you get that idea? I didn't see anything in the movie that would indicate that's what happened to him. I would never have come to that conclusion.

However, after reading your post I think you may be right. He said he had a temperature of 102, his 'friends' thought he had a cold, he was strapped down shirtless in a damp, musty hole, and he kept saying he was freezing to death. One does not usually die so easily from a cold but do people die that quickly from a venereal disease?

I do have some other questions about your theory. Both women slept with a lot of men. Presumably, Bruna was having sex with at least some of his friends as well but none of them got sick. On the other hand, her baby was seriously ill at one point and was on the verge of death, according to her. We never heard more about it so the child probably recovered. Had it been a VD, I'd think it would have been detected and the mother would have been getting treated too. She was still out and about like nothing had changed.

If Ettore contracted the disease from Biancofiore, why wasn't she or her clients also getting sick? People are different but Ettore seemed young and healthy prior to getting sick. A baby would have succumbed more easily and a prostitute has a wide range of clients. Why would he, of all people, be the one to get sick and die so quickly from it. The conditions he was held in the final day or so of his life may have been a contributing factor but under those conditions he could have just as easily succumbed to any other illness.


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