The Hawks and the Sparrows / Uccellacci e uccellini

Synopsis : Totò and his son Ninetto roam the neighbourhood and the countryside of Rome. During the walk they observe a body being removed from a house following a murder. They next encounter a talking crow, who is described in the inter-titles thus: ‘For the benefit of those who were not paying attention or are in doubt, we remind you that the Crow is – as you say – a left-wing intellectual of the kind found living before Palmiro Togliatti's death’.

Awards : 1966 Golden Goblets, Italy, 1966 Cannes Film Festival, 1967 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, 1967 Golden Globes, Italy

Director : Pier Paolo Pasolini
Producer : Alfredo Bini
Screenplay : Pier Paolo Pasolini
DOP : Mario Bernardo, Tonino Delli Colli
Editor : Nino Baragli
Cast : Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His debut ‘Accattone’ (1961) was based on his own novel and caused a sensation. He was arrested in 1962 when his contribution to ‘Ro.Go.Pa.G.’ (1963) was considered blasphemous. ‘The Gospel According to St. Matthew’ (1964), which presented the Biblical story in a totally realistic style, was acclaimed as one of the few honest portrayals of Christ on screen.

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