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  • Director

    Pier Paolo Pasolini

  • Starring

    Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi, Rossana Di Rocco, Lena Lin Solaro

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    91 mins

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Hawks and Sparrows

Part of the Pasolini 100 Season


What holds this exasperating, playful, intellectual, faux-naif and overwhelmingly Italian fable together is simply Pasolini’s personal vision of the unresolved dialogue between Marxism and the Catholic Church. A vagrant (Totò) and his son (Davoli) wander down a long road - the road of life, Pasolini is not afraid simply to tell us. They encounter a rational, talkative crow, who beguiles them on their journey with a fable in which they reappear as two friars entrusted by St Francis with the task of communicating with the birds. This journey of the left-wing crow and the feckless wayfarers is a film of complete individuality, apparent even from the sung credits, in which Pasolini gaily admits that he is risking his reputation.

We are delighted that actor Ninetto Davoli will be present at Filmhouse to introduce this screening, hosted by Dr Chiara Quaranta (Film Studies, University of Edinburgh).

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