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Hawks and Sparrows: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Film - Feature | October 6 | 7:15 p.m. |  PFA Theater

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

New 35mm Print!

(Uccellacci e uccellini). Pasolini coined the term “ideo-comic” to describe this unusual film that is at once a political critique and a delightful, offbeat farce, Bertolt Brecht meets Buster Keaton. It is an allegorical tale following the on-the-road exploits of three characters: a father, his son, and a talking crow who recounts Marxist fables and philosophies. Father and son are jettisoned into the thirteenth century to serve St. Francis, a true man of the people, by teaching faith to the arrogant hawks, humble sparrows, and “dried-up Christians.” Pasolini, a great admirer of Totò, cast the famous clown as the wistful, awkward father; Ninetto Davoli, a nonprofessional actor who became a Pasolini regular, plays the son. As for the bird, Pasolini stated, “The crow is extremely autobiographical.” Despite the humor, country roads and idylls seem to reverberate with longing in this film that begins with the question, “Where is mankind going?” and ends by eating crow.

—Judy Bloch

• Written by Pasolini. Photographed by Tonino Delli Colli. With Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi, Rossana di Rocco. (89 mins, In Italian with English subtitles, B&W, 35mm, From Luce Cinecittà, permission Compass Film)

 $9.50 General Admission,  $6.50 Cal Faculty and Staff; Disabled Patron; Non Cal Student; Senior Patron ( 65 & Older); General Admission Youth (17 & under),  $5.50 Cal Student, BAM/PFA member, 510-642-0808