Uccellacci e uccellini: what makes an ideo-comic fable?

Alessandro Valenzisi

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The present article analyses Pasolini’s definition of Uccellacci e uccellini as 'ideo-comic fable'. The film has always been considered as an eccentric parenthesis in Pasolini’s work, and the ‘ideo-comic fable’ as a bizarre, short lived, experiment. In fact Uccellacci e uccellini is the only film of its kind, but a detailed analysis of each element of Pasolini’s neologism will show how rooted into Pasolini’s artistic practice they all are: if political ideology has always been at the heart of Pasolini’s work, the film shows a new direction, in which the director’s Marxism crosses Christianity; it will be shown how Pasolini has always been surprisingly familiar with the comic genre, and finally a record will be traced of Pasolini’s competence and use of fables. Such a comprehensive examination will unearth many of Pasolini’s sources and its dialogue with other artists and intellectuals; finally, it aims at contributing a new approach to the critical analysis of the film, and at opening original insights into some other famous or less known works by the author.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-29
Number of pages24
JournalMise en Abyme. International Journal of Comparative Literature and Arts
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • ideology
  • comedy
  • fable
  • communism
  • Marxism
  • Catholic religion
  • Christianity
  • capitalism
  • crisis


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