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It’s curious how veteran filmmakers like the Taviani brothers could have taken “The Decameron,” one of the greatest books about storytelling, and turned out a narrative as blandly conveyed as “Wondrous Boccaccio.” The classic 14th-century compendium, so full of subversive humor and joyful licentiousness as its plague-escaping narrators entertain each other with bawdy tales, is robbed of its piquancy here, and even its vibrancy is reduced to something artificial. More was expected from this pairing, and despite a strong cast, the pic has struggled to find a home audience following its late February release. The Tavianis’ international standing means offshore bookings will materialize (including forthcoming festival berths at Tribeca and Beijing), but even die-hard fans will be disappointed.
- Jay Weissberg
Title: Maraviglioso Boccaccio Director: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Starring: Lello Arena, Paola Cortellesi, Carolina Crescentini, Flavio Parenti, Vittoria Puccini, Michele Riondino, Kim Rossi Stuart, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Jasmine Trinca and Josafat Vagni. The Taviani Brothers, have decided to tribute one of Italy’s greatest Renaissance humanist, Giovanni Boccaccio. The “Decameron” which has had many screen adaptations – the most memorable was by Pier Paolo Pasolini - lives again through the subtle direction of the Tuscan sibling filmmakers, who chose Giotto and Masaccio to inspire their cinematography, scenography and costume design. The book by Boccaccio is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales, told by a group of seven young [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
2 items from 2015
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