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Decameron Nights (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Adventure, Romance | 16 November 1953 (USA)
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The main story combines bits of Giovanni Boccaccio's own life (maybe and maybe not) with three of his most fabulous stories of love. It has Boccaccio following Fiametta to a country villa ... See full summary »

Director:

Hugo Fregonese

Writers:

Giovanni Boccaccio (novel), George Oppenheimer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Fontaine ... Fiammetta / Bartolomea / Ginevra / Isabella
Louis Jourdan ... Giovanni Boccaccio / Paganino / Giulio / Don Bertando
Godfrey Tearle Godfrey Tearle ... Ricciardo / Bernabo
Joan Collins ... Pampinea / Maria
Binnie Barnes ... Contessa di Firenze / Nerina the Chambermaid / The Old Witch
Meinhart Maur Meinhart Maur ... Sultan
Gordon Whiting Gordon Whiting
Gordon Bell Gordon Bell ... Merchant
Van Boolen Van Boolen ... Captain
Melissa Stribling ... Girl in Villa
Stella Riley Stella Riley ... Girl in Villa
Mara Lane ... Girl in Villa
Gérard Tichy ... (as Gerard Tichy)
Diaz de Mendoza Diaz de Mendoza
Carlos Villarías ... (as Carolos Villarias)
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The main story combines bits of Giovanni Boccaccio's own life (maybe and maybe not) with three of his most fabulous stories of love. It has Boccaccio following Fiametta to a country villa where she and five other women---The Contessa, Pampinea and three villa girls are hiding following the rape of their home city, Florance, Italy, by the Duke of Lorenzo. The recently-widowed Fiametta spurns overtures of love offered by the philandering Boccaccio who, in an effort to win her, spins two of his stories: The first is "Paganino the Pirate", a spicy tale of a young wife, married to an elderly gent, who prefers astrology to martial bliss, permits herself to be captured by a young pirate, to teach her husband a lesson. The second tale is "Wager on Virtue", concerning an elderly merchant,who loses faith in his beautiful young wife, on the strength of circumstantial evidence present him by a daring young rogue, who has previously goaded him into a bet on his wife's virtue, or lack thereof. The ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

UK | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boccaccios Liebesnächte See more »

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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As Boccaccio surveys the shore from his 14th century ship, a large white truck is visible on a road. See more »

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20 years before Pier Paolo Pasolini.
20 October 2012 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

It was about 20 years before Pier Paolo Pasolini,whose version(1971) of Boccacio's work was much more daring,more erotic and bawdier;but it was 1953 and the censorship would not have tolerated such things.

Let's say it: Fregonese's Decameron is at least as good,as entertaining ,nay more elegant and subtler than that of his Italian colleague.Everything is suggested ,full of (more or less)veiled innuendos and it works quite well:three segments based on three tales told by the writer or Flamette;and what a good idea to have the actors play the "real" plot and the fictions !Joan Fontaine ,for instance ,is cast against type as a ship's boy and later an oriental one ,complete with turban and she manages quite well ,in this Virginia Mayo style.French Louis Jourdan ,who is still living ,is ideally cast as the handsome lady killer:and what a pleasure to hear him say in his first language "Bon Voyage" or "rendezvous"!;the cinematography is splendid and the screenplay is remarkably constructed.


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