The Decameron

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Decameron was the first of director Pier Paolo Pasolini's "trilogy of life." The film, based on the sexually supercharged tales of Boccaccio, is a patchwork of many of Pasolini's favorite themes. Pasolini himself plays the role of an aspiring fresco painter who is advised that his completed work will never be as satisfying as his dream of that work. The film was followed by Pasolini's Canterbury Tales and Arabian Nights.
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DVD Brand New Pasolini wrote, directed and stars in this richly textured epic based on eight tales by 14th-century Italian writer Giovanni Boccaccio. Pasolini weaves the ... stories together into a bawdy tapestry of a medieval Italy populated by artists, priests and magicians. Appearing in the role of the great pre-Renaissance painter Giotto, Pasolini guides the viewer through a cinematic landscape ripe with sensuality and irreverent humor. First in Pasolini's "Trilogy of Life, " which also includes THE ARABIAN NIGHTS and THE CANTERBURY TALES. Originally rated X by the Motion Picture Association of America. Read more Show Less

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Decameron was the first of director Pier Paolo Pasolini's "trilogy of life." The film, based on the sexually supercharged tales of Boccaccio, is a patchwork of many of Pasolini's favorite themes. Pasolini himself plays the role of an aspiring fresco painter who is advised that his completed work will never be as satisfying as his dream of that work. The film was followed by Pasolini's Canterbury Tales and Arabian Nights.
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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Although Pier Paolo Pasolini does away with the framing device and the story structure of Giovanni Boccaccio's classic set of tales, he does follow the source's sense of playfulness about matters both sensual and romantic. Sex is a device for deceit for many of the characters: a woman invites a wealthy young man to her home, presumably to entertain him but then "reveals" that she is actually his sister and proceeds to rob and humiliate him; a young man pretends to be a deaf-mute to get a job in a convent where he might seduce the younger nuns, but then all of them, including the mother superior, demand a piece of the action; a priest is talked into providing a secret spell for an impoverished couple, only to use his powers as an excuse to have sex with the wife; a young woman claims to need an open-air balcony for sleeping on a hot night, when what she really wants is a trysting spot with her lover. Pasolini appears several times as Giotto, who is seen contemplating the creation of a mural in a church, though in the end he asks, "Why execute a work when it's so beautiful to dream it?" Nearly all eight stories here are well executed, but Pasolini, like so many artists, understands the gap between the conception of a piece and its actual realization.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/1998
  • UPC: 014381441925
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jovan Jovanovich
Ninetto Davoli Andreuccio
Pier Paolo Pasolini Giotto
Guido Alberti
Giacomo Rizzo
Gianni Rizzo
Patrizia de Clara
Gianni Esposito
Monique Van Vooren
Wolfgang Hillinger
Patrizia Capparelli Alibech
Vittorio Fanfoni
Franco Citti Ciappelletto
Angela Luce Peronella
Silvana Mangano Madonna
Technical Credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini Director, Score Composer, Screenwriter
Nino Baragli Editor
Tatiana Casini Editor
Tonino Delli Colli Cinematographer
Danilo Donati Costumes/Costume Designer
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Alberto Grimaldi Producer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Enzo Ocone Editor
Franco Rossellini Producer
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Scene Index

1. Main Title; The Richest Man in Town.
2. The Invitation.
3. A Fool and His Money.
4. The Quiet Man.
5. Sisters of Mercy.
6. The Jar, the Husband, the Wife and Her Lover.
7. Two Brothers.
8. The Saint.
9. The Master.
10. The Nightingale.
11. A Musing Breakfast.
12. Lorenzo and Lisabetta.
13. Reunited.
14. A Man and His Mare.
15. The Meaning of Life.
16. Epilogue.
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