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 »


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Fontaine ... Fiammetta / Bartolomea / Ginevra / Isabella
Louis Jourdan ... Giovanni Boccaccio / Paganino / Giulio / Don Bertando
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)


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 <>

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Peter Ustinov was originally to co- star, and also apparently contributed to the script. See more »


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


Fiammetta: But is there no way to keep you with me?
Giovanni Boccaccio: Do you see this ring? When you wear this, and you bear me a child - then, and only then - will I become your husband in every sense of the contract.
Fiammetta: But how can I wear your ring if you won't give it to me? And how can I give you a child if you - don't stay with me?
Giovanni Boccaccio: You look like a resourceful woman.
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Rare Comedy for 14th Century
14 June 2004 | by smithy-8See all my reviews

"Decameron Nights" is a fun movie to watch about a mismatched couple (Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan) from Italy in the 14th century. This is their second movie together. The first movie was "A Letter from a Unknown Woman", which was a superb and sad romantic movie.

"Decameron Nights" is just the opposite - it's a romantic romp with humor. There are three stories about the couple and the audience is made to guess which story is true about how they met. Both Ms. Fontaine and Mr. Jourdan made few comedies. This is their best. Both serious actors are funny. It is fun to see a young Joan Collins in a supporting role. Binnie Barnes and Godfrey Tearle are a superb supporting cast. Ms. Barnes was given a rare chance to shine in a movie.

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Release Date:

16 November 1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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