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The Black Decameron (1972)

Il decamerone nero (original title)
Five unrelated tales: (1) "The Ravishing Queen" / "La Reina Bella", in which the queen choses a king by devious endurance tests of the pretendants; (2) "The Punished Lovers", in which a ... See full summary »

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An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron".

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Stars: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic
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Beryl Cunningham ...
Queen (segment "The Ravishing Queen")
Djbril Diop ...
Simoa the hunter (segment "The Endless Search")
Line Senghor
Fatou Djame
Isseu Niang
Isabelle Diallo
Jacqueline Scott ...
Old Woman (segment "The Old Prostitute")
Josy McGregor ...
Adu
Serigne N'Diaye ...
N'Sani
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Five unrelated tales: (1) "The Ravishing Queen" / "La Reina Bella", in which the queen choses a king by devious endurance tests of the pretendants; (2) "The Punished Lovers", in which a fake blind husband is 'cured' after having the culprits banished from the tribe; (3) "The Old Prostitute" who manages to take revenge from all the village dignitaries who wrongfully condemned her brother; (4) "The Endless Search" that does not end until a hunter finds his perfect end-game; (5) "The Crazy Woman" whose illness was not exactly of the mind, but of an (almost) insatiable lust. Written by Artemis-9

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German Import DVD has a Super-8mm Version of "Goodbye Uncle Tom", (German Audio only) as a special feature on the disc. See more »

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Tales of sex in Africa
12 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

"The Black Decameron" contains a series of 5 fables on the subject of sex/love. They are all set in Africa, in authentic-looking "tribal" settings. The first fable involves an African Queen who is looking for a king. She puts a few of them through various tests, like battling wild lions, and they all fail, until the last one. In another story, "Cure of a crazy woman", two men try to "cure" a nympho woman who wears bizarre tribal make-up on her face. In the last fable "Simoa's endless search" a young man who is inexperienced with women, dresses in women's clothing in order to meet a woman's five daughters. He eventually becomes a traveling male prostitute. There is abundant nudity in this film, but a lot of it isn't erotic. The fable narratives can be slow moving, unsexy, and almost moralistic at times. But, there are a few bizarro, humorous scenes that save it from being uninteresting and predictable. Overall, this isn't your standard Western softcore movie. It probably has more in common with "The Gods must be Crazy" than the travelogue-type "Black Emanuelle" series.


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