Retrospective 2015

Uccellacci e uccellini

Pier Paolo Pasolini
I 1966
89 min

An old man (played by the famous clown Totò) walks along the road of life with his son. They are joined by a philosopher crow that asks them embarrassing questions about life, philosophy, men and crows. The crow seems to be a Marxist, but that is only if the men are Christians. And the men don’t seem quite sure about that. While the crow is talking, Totò and his son suddenly find themselves transported back 750 years to the time of St. Francis. The saint instructs them to learn the language of the birds and convert the hawks and the sparrows to God’s love. Pier Paolo Pasolini’s UCCELLACCI E UCCELLINI is 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. Hawks still eat sparrows, not matter what a hawk is, or a sparrow. (Roger Ebert)


  • Ninetto Davoli - Epifanio
  • Totò
  • Femi Benussi
  • Rossana di Rocco
  • Lena Lin Solaro
  • Rosina Moroni
  • Renato Capogna
  • Pietro Davoli
  • Riccardo Redi
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Tonino Delli Colli
  • Mario Bernardo
  • Pietro Ortolani
  • Nino Baragli
  • Ennio Morricone
  • Luigi Scaccianoce
Produktion Arco Film
35 mm
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