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½ June 20, 2017
In "Uccellacci and Uccellini" we have truth, naturalness and authenticity so well incorporated and structured that it is hard to believe in the possibility of comedy in the face of such harsh realities and of a world where people use the hardness of their lives as materiality for laughter . A particular work in his proposal and among many reasons, a rare work.

Written and directed in 1966 by Pier Paolo Pasolini, "Uccellacci and Uccellini" is one of those films that generate immediate division, there are no half terms. Particularly, I consider it as a special film, but that already shoots in ample start for my appreciation, for the respect and admiration that I feel for Italy, for its history in the cinema and by diverse actors, among them Totò Innocenti.

"Uccellacci e Uccellini" has all the key characteristics of the Neorealist style, and deals with Marxist concerns about poverty and class conflict, but without losing his humor, which, by the way, generates great power and importance of this work, Uniting political reflections, social construction and having as a midfield, humor, Pasolini achieves a comprehensive and active dialogue, places the viewer in a critical and reflective situation, delivers a work open to laughter, but not limited to that. To overcome the limits of a common or simplistic comedy, it was, but of what it necessary to count on the support of the Italian actor Totò Innocenti.

This was Totò Innocenti's last film. After the death of the actor, two other films were released, but in both productions, the filming took place long before "Uccellacci and Uccellini". Totò in 1966 was already more than a consecrated comedian, his figure was a mark and renowned of Italy, having the recognition of his work expanded to other countries and continents, it is not for nothing that he is part of a select group where the actors are present Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. We can see in Uccellacci and Uccellini a more restrained Totò, which generates a certain strangeness for those who already know it of previous works, much of this half disengaged, sometimes even plastered originate from the direction of Pasolini, who limited the improvisations, The game and even the face masks of the actor, requests that denied the characteristics that made Totò a celebrated comedian. It is necessary to understand that the requests of Pasolini were not ways to cut or to diminish the work of Totò, on the contrary, knowing the artistic quality of the comedian, Pasolini sought to present a punctual work and that dialogued with the neorealistas proposal of the film, besides being a Great opportunity that Pasolini offers to the great Totò.

In "Uccellacci and Uccellini" we have truth, naturalness and authenticity so well incorporated and structured that it is hard to believe in the possibility of comedy in the face of such harsh realities and of a world where people use the hardness of their lives as materiality for laughter . A particular work in his proposal and among many reasons, a rare work. The allegory created by Pasolini, unifies aspects of Marxist philosophical fable.

As in all fairy tales, there is a definite story in this film: the narrative pretext is given by the philosophical (Marxist) considerations of an old raven that approaches two men, father (Totò) and his son (Davoli). The crow seems to convince the two men, using his wisdom and his words, but the moment the problem of hunger appears, the "reasonable" man reveals himself, and Totò ends up eating the wise crow. The allegory presented is clear and well performed.

Regarding the neo-realist considerations presented in the film, I can categorize them through André Bazin, a French cinema theorist and critic, arguing that neorealism portrays: truth, naturalness, authenticity and is a cinema of duration. The necessary characteristics of neo-realist cinema include:
A defined social context; A sense of historical reality and immediacy; Political commitment to progressive social change; Authentic scenes and scenery with its location, as opposed to the artificial studio; A rejection of classic Hollywood styles; Extensive use of non-professional actors as much as possible; A documentary style of cinematography.

"Uccellacci and Uccellini" is reportedly the work that Pier Paolo Pasolini most loved, probably because it is the most complete synthesis of his artistic eclecticism. It is a work with great poetic power, from the beginning was the object of discussion and controversy. He got a special mention at the Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the silver prize.
½ February 18, 2016
Hugely strange and oddly paced, but also holding to patterns of old archaic tales that use mystification to illustrate real concepts and ask "What will we do now?" at the end.
Super Reviewer
January 27, 2016
Read the synopsis for this film. Sound good to you? Of course it does, and it is! Religion vs. Marxism, told by a clown and a young boy. I was going to say how very passolini it is but actually, I don't think he's ever been as funny. It's a typically sly satire as you'd expect but it's got a whole lot of heart, Toto was perfect casting. It's got a talking Marxist crow in it!!!
July 23, 2015
I love this movie!!! Watched it 100 times and it's still fresh and shiny
April 3, 2014
A summary of political and religious Pasolini's toughts, adding nothing new to his previous works.
Super Reviewer
½ September 25, 2013
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.
August 13, 2013
Oh geez. Oh heavens. Here's a farce-satire that, well... From Totò to the Marxist talking crow to Ennio Morricone's title music to the outrageous fantasy sequences, I just... The film's unabashed comic bizarreness is noteworthy on its own accord. And really, that's mostly all it has going for it.
½ January 7, 2013
Racconto filosofico di valore assoluto, da rivedere
½ December 11, 2012
A brilliant tale of/for the middle class (peasants/petty bourgeoisie).
December 5, 2012
...director risking the reputation: Pier Paolo Pasolini
½ November 22, 2012
This film approaches true genius, and it wouldn't have been Pasolini's first time achieving genius. He asks comically philosophical questions and never answers them himself. The style in which the film is structured (which is entirely originally and brilliant) derives from this comic philosophy. The imagery IS genius. The usage of music IS genius. Everything about it's style/techniques is entirely new, refreshing, and entirely significant. But, for me, as a whole, it never achieved a unified genius. But, I give it a 9/10, because it is indeed a masterpiece.
September 27, 2012
When its broad humor isn't falling flat, this allegory's symbolism is glaring like a headlight.
September 20, 2012
"Een rijke betaalt zijn schuld aan het leven. Hij heeft wat gekregen. Maar een arme kreeg niets van het leven. Die gaat over van de ene dood in de andere." / "Hoe meer zielen, hoe meer honger."
½ May 12, 2012
Don't watch it if you can help it.
April 22, 2012
Humour-ridden allegorical story. An ageing clown and a young man take to the road to 'live', they find their lifepaths directionless, randomly meeting strange people and undertaking bizarre challenges. This is Pasolini at the top of his game.
May 16, 2011
Memorable for a hilarious hopscotch scene in which Pasolini parodies religious practises.
April 9, 2010
The raven is a left wing intellectual
½ March 31, 2010
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½ September 13, 2009
Left-wing intellectual talking Crow's, and credits which are sung aloud. That's entertainment.
Super Reviewer
September 2, 2009
...director risking the reputation: Pier Paolo Pasolini
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