Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Birds according to Pasolini

Uccellacci e Uccellini (1966) is my first Pasolini film. There are several remarkable things about it:

1. Its unusual sung opening credits :

2. Toto/Ninetto Davoli duo. Toto is unforgettable whatever he does or says. Ninetto gives a great performance as the happy go lucky son.

3. The scene where the two of them become monks and on the request of St. Francis of Assisi preach the word of God to the birds.

4. The movie is visually stunning.

5. It talks about desires, death, the meaning of life, Christianity, Marxism, poverty, class but first and foremost, it entertains. It's often hilarious, sometimes sorrowful but always original and highly enjoyable.

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