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also known as Uccellacci e uccellini

The Hawks and the Sparrows1964

  • 3.9
THE HAWKS AND THE SPARROWS, a wildly comic fable, stars the beloved stone faced clown Toto as an Italian everyman, and Ninetto Davoli as his good-natured but empty headed son. Pasolini uses a comic crow, which philosophizes amusingly and pointedly about the passing scene as a counterpoint to the performers, representing humanity, as they progress down the road of life. This tragic fable is a delight that captures the peril of two innocents caught in the paradox of Italian life between the Church and the State.

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Comrades, do you think the Church has forgotten, amidst all the sloganeering, its simple message of a classless society? Brethren, do you feel the Party has forgotten how the moneylenders were once driven from the temple? Here, materially and dialectically resolved, is the Christian Communism promised by Rabbis Jesus and Karl. The prophet—and martyr—himself, Pier Paolo Pasolini, brings medieval farce to the twentieth century, which really hasn't progressed too much beyond a mass of illiterates thieving and whoring while undeserving feudal overlords live off the fat of the land. Plus, there's a talking crow who's a left-wing intellectual.

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Comrades, do you think the Church has forgotten, amidst all the sloganeering, its simple message of a classless society? Brethren, do you feel the Party has forgotten how the moneylenders were once driven from the temple? Here, materially and dialectically resolved, is the Christian Communism promised by Rabbis Jesus and Karl. The prophet—and martyr—himself, Pier Paolo Pasolini, brings medieval farce to the twentieth century, which really hasn't progressed too much beyond a mass of illiterates thieving and whoring while undeserving feudal overlords live off the fat of the land. Plus, there's a talking crow who's a left-wing intellectual.

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A cutesy-Communist musical comedy from the visionary Pier Paolo Pasolini!

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wonderful silly & sweet_an odd story of life & love & lust & yes hunger_yum.........

This richly symbolic film is really impossible to understand without some knowledge of 20th Century Italian history, and particularly the power of the Roman Catholic Church. The Lateran Treaty of 1929 finally politically separated Italy from Church power by creating the Vatican as a sovereign state. But the trade off was the that the Church was still left in power over many aspects of everyday Italian life. For instance, Italy finally established a civilian divorce law through a bitterly contested 1970 referendum. Before then, divorce was strictly in the domain of Church law, and the Church NEVER granted a divorce, even in extreme cases like when a spouse was abandoned many years hence. Overall, however, the power of the Church still resided in the blind allegiance of Italians at all levels to Church morality. Over decades, this led to impeding Italy's social and political progress, and greatly maintained the status quo in the division between the privileged upper class & the downtrodden masses. The Leftist & Communist movements that began after WWII battled against this status quo, and indirectly against the Church through Progressive agendas. ALL This doesn't even amount to an adequate thumbnail of all the issues that this film touched upon. Pasolini really needed to couch this head-on criticism of contemporary Italian society in a comedy, because I suspect that at some level he would have feared for his life had he delivered a more serious work covering the same controversial topics. ... joseph.kulik.919@gmail.com

Dated as to story line (if there is one) but the beautiful black and white cinematography makes it joy to watch.