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Italy, 1966

Original title: Uccellacci e Uccellini

Story and Screenplay: Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cinematographers: Tonino Delli Colli, Mario Bernardo. Art director Assistant: Dante Ferretti. Costume designer: Danilo Donati. Film score: Ennio Morricone. Editor: Nino Baragli. Editor Assistant: Rossana Maiuri. Director Assistant: Sergio Citti. Cast and characters: Totò (Innocenti Totò Frate Ciccillo), Ninetto Davoli (Innocenti Ninetto Frate Ninetto), Femi Benussi (Luna, the prostitute), Francesco Leonetti (the voice of the crow), Gabriele Baldini (Dante expert dentist), Riccardo Redi (the engineer), Lena Lin Solaro (Urganda). Production: Arco Film (Roma). Producer: Alfredo Bini. Length: 86’.

Format: DPC. Source: Cineteca di Bologna under licence from Compass Film.

Original version. Subtitkes: English

Restoration in 4K in 2020 by Cineteca di Bologna in conjunction with Compass Film and Istituto Luce-Cinecittà carried out in the L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, with the support of Ministero della Cultura. Grading supervised by Luca Bigazzi.

The picaresque journey of a father and son (the splendid, unexpected couple Totò-Ninetto Davoli), accompanied by a talking crow, along the roads of Italy during the economic boom and the New Prehistory. They meet wandering artists, crooks, employers’ engineers, miserable peasants, thriving prostitutes and Dante dentists. Pasolini recounts the crisis of Marxist ideology in a fairytale key and enhances the aggressiveness and the lunar sweetness of Totò’s mask.

“I have never given a farewell to a film, so defenceless, so delicate, so reserved as ‘Uccellacci e uccellini’. Not only does it not look like my previous films, it looks like no other films. I’m not talking about its originality, it would be stupidly presumptuous, but about its formula, which is that of the fable with its hidden meaning. A fable that, like all of them, consists of a series of tests through which the heroes must pass. My heroes, in this case, after similar tests, however, do not seem to obtain any privileges: neither kingdoms nor princesses. It remains for them, after those tests, to face other tests. No real fairy tale had ever ended like this. ” (Pier Paolo Pasolini)

Monday 11th April, 2022 – 6:00 pm

Wednesday 13th April 2022, h. 7:00 pm


  • Organized by: IIC Melbourne