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The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)

Uccellacci e uccellini (original title)
Joe This richly symbolic film is really impossible to understand without some knowledge of 20th Century Italian history, and particularly the power of the Roman Catholic Church. The Lateran... See full summary »

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Innocenti Totò / Brother Cicillo
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Innocenti Ninetto / Brother Ninetto (as Davoli Ninetto)
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Luna
Umberto Bevilacqua ...
Incensurato
Renato Capogna ...
Scoundrels Leader
Flaminia Siciliano ...
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Pietro Davoli ...
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Rosina Moroni ...
Poor Cottage Owner
Lena Lin Solaro ...
Urganda
Gabriele Baldini ...
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Ricardo Redi ...
Mansion Owner
Rossana Di Rocco ...
Ninetto's Girlfriend
Alfredo Leggi
Renato Montalbano
Giovanni Tarallo ...
Starving Peasant
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Joe This richly symbolic film is really impossible to understand without some knowledge of 20th Century Italian history, and particularly the power of the Roman Catholic Church. The Lateran Treaty of 1929 finally politically separated Italy from Church power by creating the Vatican as a sovereign state. But the trade off was the that the Church was still left in power over many aspects of everyday Italian life. For instance, Italy finally established a civilian divorce law through a bitterly contested 1970 referendum. Before then, divorce was under strictly in the domain of Church law, and the Church NEVER granted a divorce, even in extreme cases like when a spouse was abandoned many years hence. Overall, however, the power of the Church still resided in the blind allegiance of Italians at all levels to Church morality. Over decades, this led to impeding Italy's social and political progress, and greatly maintained the status quo in the division between the privileged upper class & ... Written by Joe Kulik

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Film's opening credits are not only displayed on screen but also comically sung in Italian to a jaunty Ennio Morricone score, with a memorably droll rhyming of the film title with the director's full name. See more »

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The opening credits are performed as a song. See more »

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Referenced in Wie de Waarheid Zegt Moet Dood (1981) See more »

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S. Francesco Parla Agli Uccelli
Composed by Ennio Morricone
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One delightful saturday afternoon spent with this movie at the portuguese Cinema Museum.
21 February 2004 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

One delightful saturday afternoon spent with this movie at the portuguese Cinema Museum. This picture can be identified as "another Pasolini movie" or as well as "another Toto movie", and both reasons are more than enough to make anyone curious to see it. Pasolini gives us a pleasant Toto comedie, filled with intelectual and political information, pretty well disguised as a fable about birds and priests. After this, I am convinced that a title with the name PASOLINI on it doesn't necessarily have to be a though, brutal, sexual, 3-hour-lengthed filmic exercise. It can be a simple weekend afternoon movie to watch with your parents or your kids. On the other hand, a simple comedy with one of its masters ("toto") doesnt necessarily have to be shallow and basic. This movie is worth a "jump like a sparrow" into a theatre, whenever you have a re-run around.


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