Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini Run Time: 112 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R
Release Year: 1971Language: Italian with English Subtitles
Starring: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Pier Paolo Pasolini
Open display of sexuality and healthy display of power are at play in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s novel, THE DECAMERON.
A 35mm presentation.
Pier Paolo Pasolini weaves together a handful of Giovanni Boccaccio’s fourteenth-century moral tales in this picturesque free-for-all. The Decameron explores the delectations and dark corners of an earlier and, as the filmmaker saw it, less compromised time. Among the chief delights are a young man’s exploits with a gang of grave robbers, a flock of randy nuns who sin with a strapping gardener, and Pasolini’s appearance as a pupil of the painter Giotto, at work on a massive fresco. One of the director’s most popular films, The Decameron, transposed to Naples from Boccaccio’s Florence, is a cutting takedown of the pieties surrounding religion and sex. – Criterion.