The Hawks and the Sparrows
() is a 1966 Italian
film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
. It was entered into the 1966 Cannes Film Festival
The movie is a post-neorealist
story about Totò
, the beloved stone-faced clown of Italian folk-stories. Totò and his son Ninetto, roam the neighbourhood and the countryside of Rome. During their walk they meet a talking crow, who, as seen on the intertitles
, "Per chi avesse dei dubbi o si fosse distratto, ricordiamo che il Corvo è un intellettuale di sinistra -diciamo così- di prima della morte di Palmiro Togliatti"
("For the benefit of those who were not paying attention or are in doubt, we remind that the Crow is a -to so call it- left-wing intellectual of the kind of those living before Palmiro Togliatti's death").
The Crow tells them the tale of Ciccillo and Ninetto (still played by Totò and Ninetto), two franciscan friars, who were bid by San Francesco
to preach to the hawks and the sparrows. They were successful in preaching the commandment of love unto them separately, but were not able to get them to love each other.
After the tale, the journey of Totò and Ninetto carries on, the Crow still following them and continuously speaking in an all-too-intellectually sounding way. They meet many other people in a deeply visionary setting, among which: land-owners who order them out of their land and end up shooting at Totò and Ninetto who wouldn't obey; a... Read More