The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini)


The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini)

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Toto, the Italian comic, stars in this poetic comedy about a father and his active son, who set out for a walk that becomes a spiritual journey.

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Critic Reviews for The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini)

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  • The crow's performance is the best thing in it.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A whimsical fantasy about Christianity and Marxism; the question is left open as to whether Pasolini believes in either, or neither. Not that it matters much, Pasolini seems to say.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini was a major theorist as well as a leader in the Italian avant-garde.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The hawks, thought to have taken on the message only to continue attacking the sparrows, is an allegory that makes a timeless statement on the absolute pointlessness of organised religion.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For the birds.

    Apr 25, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini)


A boy and his father meet a talking raven who tells them the story of two monks sent by St. Francis to convert birds to Christianity, among other absurd adventures. This Marxist class parable is very much a product of Italy, circa 1966, and hasn't traveled well to our era.

Greg S
Greg S

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...director risking the reputation: Pier Paolo Pasolini

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