Uccellacci e uccellini (Hawks and Sparrows)
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Uccellacci e uccellini (Hawks and Sparrows)
Originally Uccellacci e Uccellini, The Hawks and the Sparrows was adapted by director Pier Paolo Pasolini from his own novel. Italian comedian Toto plays a dual role, as "himself" and 12th century monk Brother Ciccillo. In modern times, Toto and his son Ninetto Davoli come across a talking crow who insists upon asking them where they're going. The answer, it turns out, is eight centuries into the past, where Toto and Davoli become monks, employed by Francis of Assisi to convert the birds of the world to Christianity. Unfortunately, every sparrow that they win over to God is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The crow's performance is the best thing in it."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Pier Paolo Pasolini was a major theorist as well as a leader in the Italian avant-garde."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The allegorical messages of the film are made quite clear, and Hawks and the Sparrows does not suffer from the overbearing self-conscious pretension that renders much of Pasolini's work inaccessible to most moviegoers."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The genial, humorous and compassionate way in which these generalizations are conveyed, with the wonderful Italian clown, Toto, and Ninetto Davoli playing the father and son, is so lively and fascinating, so primitive and droll."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"For the birds."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An intriguing tragicomic fable that shows two delightful innocents caught, like many Italians at the time, between the Church and communism."
‑ , Film4
"Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Hawks and the Sparrows is a whimsical fantasy about Christianity and Marxism; the question is left open as to whether Pasolini believes in either, or neither."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A sort of Marxist Hellzapoppin, politicized vaudeville and skittery poesy, an open structure overflowing with gags and ideas"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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