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The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)

Uccellacci e uccellini (original title)
Innocenti Totò and his son Innocenti Ninetto are drifting on a road in Italy, when they meet a Marxist speaking crow. The trio travels together in a long journey as their hunger increases.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Innocenti Totò / Brother Cicillo
... Innocenti Ninetto / Brother Ninetto (as Davoli Ninetto)
... Luna
Umberto Bevilacqua ... Incensurato
Renato Capogna ... Scoundrels Leader
Alfredo Leggi
Pietro Davoli ... Scoundrel
Renato Montalbano
Rosina Moroni ... Poor Cottage Owner
Flaminia Siciliano ... Scoundrel
Lena Lin Solaro ... Urganda
Gabriele Baldini ... Dante's Dentist
Giovanni Tarallo ... Starving Peasant
Ricardo Redi ... Mansion Owner
... Ciro Lococo
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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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This films means the crisis of racionalism ideas
7 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a very good film, I think it's one of the best pasolini movies. It has three diferent parts, and there are lots of hidden things that have an important message. For example, in the beginning there are indications about how distant is Istanbul, or Cuba, and this is a message that the third world is distant, but not so much. The bird that goes with Totó and Ninneto Davoli (they act is excellent) means the racionalism, and they finaly eat it. But the most important thing is that is very funny, specially the part that explains how the two principal carachters have to convince all the birds that there's god and there's a need of peace.


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