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Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

1965–66, in Italian with English subtitles

Italy

B/W

85 minutes

35mm

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PIER PAOLO PASOLINI

Hawks and Sparrows

Uccellacci e Uccellini

Working with celebrated Italian comic Totò, Pier Paolo Pasolini constructs an episodic fable that is whimsical and political. A strolling father and son are confronted by a talking raven who, using parables, attempts to make the pair understand how their behavior has been shaped by capitalism. They travel back in time to meet St. Francis and return to the present full of knowledge and inspiration, only to become disillusioned by life’s realities. Pasolini said, “I chose Totò because of his double nature. On the one hand he is a Neapolitan, and on the other a straightforward clown. Put together, these two characteristics served me to form the character I needed.”