The Gospel According To St. Matthew

Hawks And Sparrows

Original Name: Uccellacci E Uccellini
English Name:Hawks And Sparrows
Year : 1966
Run Time : 86 min
Language :Italian
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Black & White
Country :Italy
Director :Pier Paolo Pasolini
Producer :Alfredo Bini
Cast : Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi, Francesco Leonetti
Screenplay :Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cinematographer :Tonino Delli Colli, Mario Bernardo
Editor :Nino Baragli
Sound Designer : Pietro Ortolani, Divo Cavicchioli, Emilio Rosa
Music Composer :Ennio Morricone
Costume Designer :Danilo Donati
Production Designer :Luigi Scaccianoce


  • Cannes Film Festival 1966
  • New York FF 1987

Director’s Selected Filmography :

  • 1975 Salò or 120 Years of Sodom
  • 1969 Medea
  • 1967 Oedipus Rex
  • 1966 Hawks and Sparrows
  • 1964 The Gospel According to St. Matthew
  • 1962 Mamma Roma
  • 1961 Accattone

Director’s Biography :

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini was a filmmaker, poet, journalist, novelist, playwright, painter, actor, and all-around intellectual public figure. He was a student of the written word, and among his earliest movie jobs was writing additional dialogue for Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria (1957). Soon he was directing his first film, Accattone (1961). The outspoken and always political Pasolini’s films became increasingly scandalous—even, to some minds, blasphemous—from the gritty reimagining of the Christ story The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) to the bawdy medieval tales in his Trilogy of Life (1971–1974). Tragically, Pasolini was found brutally murdered before the release of his final work, the grotesque, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), still one of the world’s most controversial films.

Synopsis :

A man; Toto, and his son Ninetto, take an allegorical stroll through life with a talking bird that spouts social and political philosophy. The crow seems to be a Marxist, but that is only if the men are Christians. And the men don't seem quite sure about that. While the crow is talking, Suddenly, transporting in the era of Saint Francis, they find themselves learning the language of Haws, and Sparrows – as a symbolic representation of classes. Toto is plunged into despair; he taught the birds know how to love their own kind, but he couldn't convince them to love their neighbours. Disillusioned by this experience, they are transported back to the present time. But before Toto and his son can quite get it straight, they're whisked back to the present time and treated to more speeches by the crow and more adventures along the road of life. They denounce the concept of private property and protect it. They make love. They see a baby born and they go to a funeral. After a while they get hungry and eat the crow.