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.
"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.