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Decamerone, Il (1971)

Original Title : Decameron, Il
Director : Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writer : Giovanni Boccaccio
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genre : Comedy
Drama
Country : Italy
Language : French or Italian
Producer : Alberto Grimaldi , Franco Rossellini
Music : Ennio Morricone
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Photography : Tonino Delli Colli
IMDB ID : 0065622
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Decamerone, Il (1971) - Pier Paolo Pasolini
 

Starring

Franco Citti Ciappelletto
Ninetto Davoli Andreuccio da Perugia
Jovan Jovanovic Rustico
Vincenzo Amato Masetto da Lamporecchio
Angela Luce Peronella
Giuseppe Zigaina Frate confessore
Gabriella Frankel Allievo di Giotto (as P.P. Pasolini
Giorgio Iovine Rich market vendor
Giacomo Rizzo Il padre superiore
Adriana Donnorso (uncredited
Patrizia Capparelli Alibech (uncredited
Giuliano Fratello (uncredited
Elisabetta Genovese Caterina (uncredited
Silvana Mangano Madonna (uncredited
 

Plot

An adaptation of nine stories from Bocaccio's "Decameron": A young Sicilian is swindled twice, but ends up rich, a man poses as a deaf-mute in a convent of curious nuns, a woman must hide her lover when her husband comes home early, a scoundrel fools a priest on his deathbed, three brothers take revenge on their sister's lover, a young girl sleeps on the roof to meet her boyfriend at night, a group of painters wait for inspiration, a crafty priest attempts to seduce his friend's wife, and two friends make a pact to find out what happen= s after death. Pasolini is up to his old tricks satirizing the Church, and throwing in liberal doses of life and love.
 

Comments

Amusing Medieval Adventures This film is a portmanteau film based on the famous 14th Century Italian story collection "The Decameron" by Giovanni Boccaccio.The book deals with ten people telling a story each every day for ten days, but Pier Paolo Pasolini (for obvious reasons) chooses merely nine stories for his film.Most of the stories deal with sex or deception (usually both). Like all portmanteau films, some stories are better than others, but most of the stories in this film are so short that, if you don't enjoy one story, you don't have to wait long for the next one. The film depicts a world filled with dirt and vulgarity but also full of life.Pasolini used a lot of ordinary people in his films and here we see many of the actors are not conventionally attractive (for example many have bad, or missing, teeth).Pasolini appears in the film as a pupil of the painter Giotto who is assigned to paint a mural on the wall of a church. I found this film funny, charming and very entertaining.Definitely for adults though, there is quite a lot of sex and nudity on display here. This was the first film in Pasolini's so-called "Trilogy of Life" and was followed by "The Canterbury Tales" and "The Arabian Nights".
 
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Decamerone, Il (1971) - Pier Paolo Pasolini
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