The Hawks And The Sparrows

  • 1966
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Toto and his son Davoli stroll through life under the watchful eye of a talking crow who asks them where they are going. While the bird squawks on and on about political and social philosophy, the man and his son become monks in the year 1200 and are commissioned by St. Francis of Assisi to decipher the language of birds, so that they can convert the birds...read more

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Toto and his son Davoli stroll through life under the watchful eye of a talking crow who asks them where they are going. While the bird squawks on and on about political and social philosophy, the man and his son become monks in the year 1200 and are commissioned by St. Francis of Assisi

to decipher the language of birds, so that they can convert the birds to God's message of love. Unfortunately, just as the man and his son have succeeded in winning over the birds, a hawk comes along and kills a sparrow. The film then shifts to modern times where Toto and Davoli find themselves

embroiled in a land dispute in which they are forced to play both the roles of the landlord and the debtor. Soon after, they witness the birth of a child and the funeral procession of Palmiro Togliatti, head of the Italian Communist Party until 1963. Eventually the father and son begin to get

hungry. Tired of listening to the incessant crow harp about philosophy, Toto and Davoli grab the bird, kill and eat it, and continue down the road of life. Many critics surmised that in HAWKS AND SPARROWS Pasolini was rejecting and burying the Italian neo-realist movement, but they failed to see

the inherent humor in the film (though Pasolini himself doubted that the film turned out to be very funny, even though he intended it to be). The allegorical messages of the film are made quite clear, and HAWKS AND SPARROWS does not suffer from the overbearing self-conscious pretension that

renders much of Pasolini's work inaccessible to most moviegoers.

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