Film Micrœview #19: The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)

11.03.2013 § Leave a comment

this man did a great bird impression.

this man did a great bird impression.

A series of skits in which a famous clown and a neorealistic kid as 13th century monks learn both hawk and sparrow (a hopping language, it turns out) in order to preach to these two species only to find that natural predatory violence persists, then as moderns  are preached to by a leftist intellectual crow whom they prey on in turn. The Italian Catholicism vs Communism thing was lost on me, but the cinematography was gorgeous, Toto’s performance was captivating (will be tracking down more with him), and it was generally amusing, though it was hard to tell if that was just me reacting against my usual Pasolini experience.

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