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Il Decameron (The Decameron)1970

Il Decameron (The Decameron) (1970)




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Adaptación de varios cuentos del Decamerón de Boccaccio, que versan sobre el tema del erotismo popular. Galardonada con el Premio Especial del jurado en el Festival de Berlín.

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Pier Paolo Pasolini
as Allievo di Giotto
Angela Luce
as Peronella
Franco Citti
as Ciappelletto
Ninetto Davoli
as Andreuccio of Perugia
Vincenzo Amato
as Masetto of Lamporecchio
Guido Alberti
as ein reicher Händler
Giacomo Rizzo
as Padre Superiore
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Critic Reviews for Il Decameron (The Decameron)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

In effect, The Decameron does come across somewhat distantly, for all its busy emphasis on the spontaneous energies of a genial Utopia which has yet to discover the fretful complexities of Renaissance man.

July 7, 2020 | Full Review…

The sight of the endless assembly of seemingly toothless proles Pasolini picked up as extras can be a bit intimidating.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4.5/5

Working with an Italian classic, he seems less inclined to transform his material, though what emerges is entertaining, if only in a mild way.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The Decameron manages to be filthy-looking and is probably the most accurate vision of peasant life during the Renaissance period ever committed to film.

May 28, 2020 | Full Review…

at times it achieves nearly sublime heights (or, more accurately, lows) of grubby humor and vitality, but at other times it feels strained and slapdash

January 4, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Il Decameron (The Decameron)

Based on the 14th Century Boccaccio collection of stories, this film depicts medieval proletariat in various sexual escapades. It is an array of oddities. Toothless proles abound in this collection of stories that eschews the framing narrative of the original book, and as a result there's little that this film says on a grand scheme, excepting perhaps a vague Marxist comment. Some of the stories are funny, like the would-be thief.philanderer who falls in a pit of shit, and some of the stories are simply a mind-fuck, like the woman who plants her lover's dismembered head in a pot that rests of her windowsill. Overall, I enjoyed parts of this film, but I couldn't see its over-arching raison d'etre.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Earthy, vibrant adaptation of eight stories from the fourteenth-century work by Boccaccio. Probably Pier Paolo Pasolini's most purely enjoyable film with comedy and little erotic.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


he unapologetic choice of ancient, crumbling and dirty locations, coupled with the choice of "real-looking" actors devoid of manufactured graces made this film feel right. 14th century Italy surely was as full of natural humour, even in close proximity to death, as this film makes out. Casual sex in spite of the threat of mortal sin is treated likewise with candour. A real masterpiece showing humanity in all its various forms.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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