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Decameron Nights (1953)

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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 »

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Hugo Fregonese

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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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The Love Tales that millions have enjoyed! See more »


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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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(Ontario)

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Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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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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Medieval Italian romp
7 June 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Joan Fontaine reunites with her leading man from Letters From An Unknown Woman Louis Jourdan to present three tales from Giovanni Bocaccio in Decameron Nights. Bocaccio a most cynical fellow shares with the Countess Fiametta his rather cynical outlook on life and love. In many ways he and Don Juan have very similar views.

In the framework of the film three of the almost 100 stories Bocaccio wrote are shared in the film with the leads playing the male and female protagonists. Personally I like the first one best where Jourdan makes good on his boast to have supper in the bedroom of Geoffrey Tearle's wife, much younger than him and played by Joan Collins. Who wouldn't risk life and limb for that?

In years past Errol Flynn would have done justice to the part as would have others like Louis Hayward, Tyrone Power, and Douglas Fairbanks,Jr. Jourdan does more than very good with it and Fontaine finds the right note to use her beauty with a bit I've been around this track before wisdom.

Decameron Nights was shot in Italy, the better to take advantage of the scenery already in place and medieval Italy in technicolor looks ravishing. Fontaine was on that side of the pond doing both Ivanhoe and an unbilled part in Orson Welles's Othello.

Fans of both stars and Joan Collins will approve.


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