Trilogy of Life

Trilogy of Life

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Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Cast: Pier Paolo Pasolini

     
 

This box set compiles three Pier Paolo Pasolini films from the early 1970s, that challenged audiences to question a variety of cultural attitudes and religious traditions. Included are his adaptations of The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, and Arabian Nights.In the early 1970s, the great Italian poet, philosopher, and filmmaker Pier PaoloSee more details below

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This box set compiles three Pier Paolo Pasolini films from the early 1970s, that challenged audiences to question a variety of cultural attitudes and religious traditions. Included are his adaptations of The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, and Arabian Nights.In the early 1970s, the great Italian poet, philosopher, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini brought to the screen a trio of masterpieces of premodern world literature—Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, and The Thousand and One Nights (often known as The Arabian Nights)—and in doing so created his most uninhibited and extravagant work, which he titled his Trilogy of Life. In this brazen and bawdy triptych, the director set out to challenge consumer capitalism and celebrate the uncorrupted human body while commenting on contemporary sexual and religious mores and hypocrisies. His scatological humor and rough-hewn sensuality leave all modern standards of decency behind; these are physical, provocative, and wildly entertaining films, all extraordinarily designed by Dante Ferretti and featuring evocative music by Ennio Morricone.
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THE DECAMERON
Pier Paolo Pasolini 1971
Pasolini weaves together stories from Giovanni Boccaccio’s fourteenth-century moral tales in this picturesque free-for-all. The Decameron explores the delectations and dark corners of an earlier and, as the filmmaker saw it, less compromised time.

THE CANTERBURY TALES
Pier Paolo Pasolini 1972
Eight of Geoffrey Chaucer’s lusty tales come to life on-screen in Pasolini’s gutsy and delirious The Canterbury Tales, which was shot in England and offers a remarkably earthy re-creation of the medieval era.

ARABIAN NIGHTS
Pier Paolo Pasolini 1974
Pasolini traveled to Africa, India, and the Middle East to realize this ambitious cinematic treatment of a handful of the stories from the legendary The Thousand and One Nights.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2012
UPC:
0715515099912
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Time:
5:52:00
Sales rank:
95

Special Features

New digital restorations of all three films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks; New visual essays by film scholars Patrick Rumble and Tony Rayns on The Decameron and Arabian Nights, respectively; New interviews with production designer Dante Ferretti, composer Ennio Morricone, and film scholar Sam Rohdie; Introduction to Arabian Nights by director Pier Paolo Pasolini; The Lost Body of Alibech (2005), a documentary by Robert Chiese about a lost sequence from The Decameron; Pasolini and the Secret Humiliation of Chaucer (2006), a documentary by Chiesi about The Canterbury Tales; Via Pasolini (2005), a documentary featuring archival footage of Pasolini discussing his views on language, film and modern society; Pasolini and the Form of the City (1974), a documentary by Pasolini and Paolo Brunatto about the Italian cities of Orte and Sabaudia; Deleted scenes from Arabian Nights; Pasolini-approved English-dubbed track for The Canterbury Tales; Trailers; New english subtitle translations; Plus: a booklet featuring essays by critic Colin MacCabe; Pasolini's 1975 statement "Trilogy of Life Rejected"; excerpts from Pasolini's Berlin Film Festival press conference for The Canterbury Tales; and a report fron the set of Arabian Nights by critic Gideon Bachmann

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