The Hawks and the Sparrows

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Year Released: 1966
Rating: 1.0

Italian comic Toto and his big-toothed son (Ninetto Davoli) go for a stroll and encounter a talking hawk who magically transports them back in time to where Toto is a mystic (sadly, I'm not kidding). While I normally applaud experimentation, the politics are unusually confused - even for Pasolini - and there are so many digressions and goofy asides that the picture derails more often than not. Considering the auteur's past output, I figure it has something to do with the conflict between Marxism and religion, but between the sparrows who communicate by hopping and Davoli's 'acting' (and exclamations) and a band of traveling gypsies who need their car pushed, you'll have to forgive me for not taking this seriously.