Il Decameron (The Decameron)1970
Il Decameron (The Decameron) (1970)
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as Andreuccio of Perugia
as Masetto of Lamporecchio
as ein reicher Händler
as Padre Superiore
Critic Reviews for Il Decameron (The Decameron)
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.
The sight of the endless assembly of seemingly toothless proles Pasolini picked up as extras can be a bit intimidating.
Working with an Italian classic, he seems less inclined to transform his material, though what emerges is entertaining, if only in a mild way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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