In Uccellacci e uccellini, Paoslini continues Il vangelo secondo Matteo’s project of reducing Catholicism to a revolutionary potential. Although many critics see the film as a rejection of both the Church and Marxism, that reading is undermined by the final conversation between Ciccillo and Francis of Assisi in the Crow’s story. After having more or less converted both the hawks and the sparrows, Ciccillo discovers that the Hawks still kill sparrows. He frames the problem to Francis in terms of the natural antagonism of “one” class of bird for the other, about which he can do nothing. Francis, possible citing Italian Communist Party leader Palmiro Togliatti, tells the two monks that the world must be changed, instructing them specifically that they must correct the inequality between classes. For Pasolini, proto-Marxismthe is only non- farcical content of Christianity. Moreover, the sequences depicting Crow’s story hilariously parody Roberto Rossellini’s Francesco, giullare di Dio.
Would make a good double feature with Monty Python And The Holy Grail