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Special Events: Spring 2018
Uccellacci e uccellini (Hawks and Sparrows)

April 1 at 4:30
East Building Auditorium

Advancing a Marxist view of class struggle, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s reading of Saint Francis has little to do with the facts of the renunciant’s life. Instead, Francis’s spirit is evoked in the film’s second part, in a tale-within-a-tale where actors Totò and Ninetto Davoli portray thirteenth-century monks assigned by Saint Francis to teach hawks and sparrows (the haves and the have-nots) to love one other. “Hawks was made at a unique and charged point in Italy, shortly after the assassination of socialist leader Palmiro Togliatti in 1964. . . . If Pasolini argues anything here, it seems to be that, in theory at least, communism can be an extension of Christian moral codes” — Ben Sillis. (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1966, subtitles, 35mm, 89 minutes)

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