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Title: Uccellacci e uccellini : anatomia d'un film
Author: Valenzisi, Alessandro
Awarding Body: University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2013
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This study focuses on Pier Paolo Pasolini's film Uccellacci e uccellini (1966). It is a film that narrates the wanderings of a working-class father and son around Rome on the day of the funeral of Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian Communist Party. Along the road they meet some extraordinary characters, first of all a talking crow. Onto this simple narrative structure, however, the director overlays a number of allegories and metaphors, questioning the audience about the destiny of Italian society at a time of deep and dramatic political and social change. The present work reads Pasolini's film through a detailed comparison with the earlier and later works by the author, including his poetry, narrative, essays and films; using a broad critical literature (including a large collection of paper and magazine cuttings) the film is examined both in term of its compositional features and authorial poetics and in its reception amongst the public and critics. The thesis argues that Uccellacci e uccellini marks a turning point in Pasolini's cinematography and that it can be used to summarise and exemplify the development of Pasolini's thought and poetic. As a result, given the author's definition of Uccellacci e uccellini as a "film of poetry" and following his passion for contradiction, the analysis is more literary than cinematographic: as for a poem, the study takes into account the structure and the metaphors and attempts an interpretation based on a complex intertextuality.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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