Inspired by Boccaccio's novellas, each episode focuses on sex, love and seduction in Italy's 1960s, an era of economic growth and major cultural changes.

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Giovanni Arpino (screenplay), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) | 10 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Marisa Solinas ... Luciana (segment "Renzo e Luciana")
Germano Gilioli Germano Gilioli ... Renzo (segment "Renzo e Luciana")
Anita Ekberg ... Anita (segment "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio")
Peppino De Filippo ... Dr. Antonio Mazzuolo (segment "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio")
Romy Schneider ... Pupe (segment "Il lavoro")
Tomas Milian ... Conte Ottavio (segment "Il lavoro") (as Thomas Milian)
Romolo Valli ... Lawyer Zacchi (segment "Il lavoro")
Sophia Loren ... Zoe (segment "La riffa")
Luigi Giuliani ... Gaetano (segment "La riffa")
Alfio Vita ... Cuspet (segment "La riffa")
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Storyline

Four directors tell tales of Eros fit for a 1970s Decameron. Working-class lovers, Renzo and Luciana, marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A billboard of Anita Ekberg provocatively selling milk gives a prudish crusader for public decency more than he can handle. The wife of a count whose escapades with call girls make the front page of the papers decides to work to prove her independence, but what is she qualified to do? A buxom carnival-booth manager who owes back taxes offers herself for one night in a lottery: a nerdy sacristan and a jealous cowboy make for a lovers' triangle. In each, women take charge, but not always happily. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

In Luchino Visconti's fragment, "il Lavoro", it's possible to spot the German version of "the leopard" by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: the book was adapted into a movie by Visconti himself, and came out right after "Boccaccio 70", in 1963. See more »

Quotes

Anita (segment "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio"): When I move my hips, convents shake.
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Alternate Versions

The original Italian version had four segments and was 210 minutes long. The segment "Renzo e Luciana" directed by Mario Monicelli was removed in the US version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Money Programme (1972) See more »

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'I te vurria vasa'
Written by Eduardo Di Capua (as Di Capua)
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Modern Eros
13 July 2012 | by valadasSee all my reviews

Boccacio was a 14th century Italian poet, storyteller and humanist who among other works wrote "Decameron", a collection of licentious stories which is very much appreciated even nowadays. In 1962 four great Italian film directors (Monicelli, Fellini, Visconti and de Sica) made this movie in four episodes (each one by one of them) inspired on the same theme of Bocaccio's work i.e. erotic love in our times under several of its forms: marital, repressed, adulterous and paid for. It combines Monicelli's humour with Fellini's symbolism, Visconti's psychological realism and de Sica's social and moral satire. In my opinion the best episode is de Sica's one, the story of a beautiful woman (Sophia Loren) who runs a shooting sideshow in a funfair. The less good is perhaps Visconti's one story of a rich couple whose wife revenges herself of her husband's infidelity in a curious and elegant way because of somewhat dull dialogues which is however compensated by the gorgeous interior sceneries of the palace where his episode takes place like he has already made us familiar with in some of his other movies. All the episodes combine humour, sensuality and light drama in balanced doses and will undoubtedly please the viewers.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

26 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boccaccio '70 See more »

Filming Locations:

E.U.R., Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,641
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (3 episodes) (cut) | (3 episodes) | (3 episodes) (cut) | (3 episodes) (cut) | (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor/Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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