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The Hawks and the Sparrows

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Tot and his son Ninetto are driving down an Italian road when they come across a talking crow.

Pier Paolo Pasolini directed The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini, meaning “Birds of Prey and Little Birds”) in 1966. It was entered at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival, where Tot received a “Special Mention” for his acting performance.

The film is largely neorealist and addresses Marxist themes about poverty and class strife. It stars the well-known Italian comic-actor Totò, who is joined on his tour by his son (played by Ninetto Davoli). This is Tot’s final film before his tragic death from a heart attack in 1967.

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