A humorous, poetic and philosophic filmic parable, staged as a journey full of references to the (Italian) political and social situation during the second half of the 1960s. Ennio Morricone's main title music is brillant.
"Desire" list: Along with Pasolini's "La Sequenza del Fiore di carta", "La terra vista dalla luna" and "Che cosa sono le nuvole?", this the movie where the incredible cheerfulness of Ninetto Davolli is better expressed, his wild insolence combined with a social unconsciousness resulting in an immense meaningless than only freedom could explain, and therefore, indecent. An unique face, an unparalleled expression.
As it happens with Fellini's "City of Women", you could easily tell the hand that crafted the film, yet it looks like it comes out from nowhere. I would call it an 'unicum' in the Italian Cinema. Superb image composition and storytelling skills by Pier Paolo Pasolini, and breathtaking cinematography by Mario Bernardo and Tonino Delli Colli. The genius of Totò and Ennio Morricone does the rest of it.
Pasolini equally ridicules and adores his neo-realist predecessors in this philosophic take on Post-WWII Italy. Surrealist notions mix with Marxian philosophy (in form of an anthropomorphic raven) in this beautifully shot black-and-white film that film never loses its light-heartedness.