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The Decameron (Il Decameron) (Italy/France/Germany, 1971)

The Decameron (1971)
August 2, 2013 - 7:30 pm
photographer Roberto Villa.

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

The first film of director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Trilogy of Life” [including The Canterbury Tales (1972) and The Arabian Nights (1974)], this exuberant feature adapts Giovanni Boccaccio’s allegorical medieval catalogue of human excess and frailty.  Profane actions in the name of the sacred and sins committed openly but artfully abound in this bawdy affirmation of human foibles.  Pasolini himself portrays a painter, struggling to complete a mural. 

Producer: Alberto Grimaldi. Screenwriter: P. Pasolini, based on the stories by Giovanni Boccaccio. Cinematographer: Tonino Delli Colli. Editor: Nino Baragli, Tatiana Casini Morigi. Cast: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Vincenzo Amato, Angela Luce, Silvana Mangano, Pier Paolo Pasolini.

35mm, color, in Italian with English subtitles, 110 min.