It’s a dog eat dog world out there. Or is that a hawk eat sparrow world? Or pig eat man? Or perhaps man eat man? Our insatiable proclivity towards to devouring one another is manifested in various ways through the two Pier Paolo Pasolini films released on Blu-ray this week as part of Eureka’s Masters of Cinema series. Hawks and Sparrows and Pigsty could hardly seem more different on the surface, but both are philosophical treatises that question the institutional complexes that power post-war European society. One is a shaggy dog story that pokes jocular fun at Catholicism and Marxism, the other savage satire of the grotesquery of Wirtschaftswunder – also implicating it as a legacy of Nazism.
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