The Decameron

The first film in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ”Trilogy of life” was based on a medieval book containing 14 novellas that offer eroticism, laughs, horrors and general silliness. In short, the film as a whole is a smorgasbord of impressions. Settling for eight tales and a loose frame story with the director himself as a painter, Pasolini charges through them like a locomotive. Much of it is entertaining and vividly staged (as well as acted), but after a while it’s just too much of everything and too many of the stories feel pointless.

1971-Italy-France-West Germany. 111 min. Color. Written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Novel: Giovanni Boccaccio. Cinematography: Tonino Delli Colli. Music: Ennio Morricone. Cast: Franco Citti (Ciappelletto), Ninetto Davoli (Andreuccio of Perugia), Angela Luce (Peronella), Patrizia Capparelli, Jovan Jovanovic, Silvana Mangano… Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Trivia: Original title: Il Decameron. The other two films in the trilogy are The Canterbury Tales (1972) and Arabian Nights (1974).

Berlin: Special Jury Prize.

 

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