Pier Paolo Pasolini

The Hawks and the Sparrows

The Hawks and the Sparrows

While wandering the countryside, a pair of father-and-son vagabonds (played respectively by Italian cinema legend Totò, in his final major film role, and Ninetto Davoli) happen upon a talking crow who spouts philosophy and launches them on a freewheeling picaresque through time, space, and the margins of a rapidly modernizing Italy. A comic Marxist fable that balances heady ideas about religion, poverty, and class struggle with irreverent slapstick sight gags, The Hawks and the Sparrows finds Pasolini at his lightest yet as stingingly subversive as ever.

Film Info

  • Italy
  • 1966
  • 89 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian

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Pasolini 101

Pasolini 101

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9 Discs


The Hawks and the Sparrows
Innocent Totò/Brother Cicillo
Ninetto Davoli
Innocent Ninetto/Brother Ninetto
Femi Benussi
Francesco Leonetti
Voice of the crow
Gabriele Baldini
The Dantist dentist
Riccardo Redi
The engineer
Lena Lin Solaro
Rossana di Rocco
Ninetto’s friend
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Written by
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Produced by
Alfredo Bini
Tonino Delli Colli
Mario Bernardo
Edited by
Nino Baragli
Production design
Luigi Scaccianoce
Costume design
Danilo Donati
Ennio Morricone


The Elegiac Heart: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Filmmaker
The Elegiac Heart: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Filmmaker

With a divided self that reflected the fissures in his country in the wake of World War II, the most courageous and dangerous Italian artist of his generation transcended dogma and resisted affiliations.

By James Quandt