Trilogy of LifeDirector: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jovan Jovanovich, Michael Balfour, Ninetto Davoli
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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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.
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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|Franco Citti||Devil,The Demon|
|Franco Merli||Mur el-Din|
|Pier Paolo Pasolini||Giotto|
|Alan Webb||Old Man|
|Alberto Argentino||Prince Shahzmah|
|Francesco Paolo Governale||Prince Tagi|
|Pier Paolo Pasolini||Director|
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