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The Decameron (1971)

Il Decameron (original title)
An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron".

Writers:

Giovanni Boccaccio (novel) (as G. Boccaccio), Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Citti ... Ciappelletto
Ninetto Davoli ... Andreuccio of Perugia
Jovan Jovanovic Jovan Jovanovic ... Rustico (scenes deleted)
Vincenzo Amato ... Masetto of Lamporecchio
Angela Luce ... Peronella
Giuseppe Zigaina Giuseppe Zigaina ... Monk
Maria Gabriella Maione ... (as Gabriella Frankel)
Vincenzo Cristo Vincenzo Cristo
Pier Paolo Pasolini ... Allievo di Giotto (as P.P. Pasolini)
Giorgio Iovine Giorgio Iovine
Salvatore Bilardo Salvatore Bilardo
Vincenzo Ferrigno Vincenzo Ferrigno ... Giannello
Luigi Seraponte Luigi Seraponte
Antonio Diddio Antonio Diddio
Mirella Catanesi Mirella Catanesi
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Storyline

An adaptation of nine stories from Bocaccio's "Decameron": **** Segment 1: A young man from Perugia is swindled twice in Naples, but ends up rich; **** Segment 2: A man poses as a deaf-mute in a convent of curious nuns; **** Segment 3: A woman must hide her lover when her husband comes home early; **** Segment 4: A scoundrel fools a priest on his deathbed; **** Segment 5: Three brothers take revenge on their sister's lover; **** Segment 6: A young girl sleeps on the roof to meet her boyfriend at night; **** Segment 7: A group of painters wait for inspiration; **** Segment 8: A crafty priest attempts to seduce his friend's wife; **** Segment 9: Two friends make a pact to find out what happens after death. Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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Taglines:

Ribaldry! Rakes and libertines. Raised skirts and lowered lashes. A blush on every cheek. Pasolini. Filming The Decameron. Bringing life to art...and art to life. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian | Neapolitan

Release Date:

16 September 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 10-7-1971. See more »

Goofs

When the mother superior seduces the deaf/mute boy, the boy is sleeping in a garden growing tomatoes. Tomatoes are a New World crop and would not be brought to Italy for nearly two centuries. See more »

Quotes

The Madonna: This wine is bliss for us to piss!
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Alternate Versions

Although the cinema version was intact the 1988 UK Warner video was cut by 22 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of naked genitals during the bedroom sex scene with the nun. The cuts were fully restored in the 2001 BFI DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Eros in Middle Ages
10 April 2003 | by valadasSee all my reviews

The erotic and more or less picaresque stories of which this movie is composed is based upon a collection of tales written in the 14th century by Bocaccio an Italian writer already called the Voltaire of 14th century. In the Middle Ages there was a tendency later abandoned, of considering erotic adventures under a humoristic point of view. The most common "hero" of those tales was the cuckold husband. I'm not a great fan of Pasolini. However this movie is more or less successful in depicting a series of funny situations related with erotic entanglements. Its merit is more due to the narrative form than to the stories itselves some them less funny than others. But the composition of the successive scenes develops in a series of pictures full of colour and movement portraying the people in the streets in a realistic way, showing popular types such as peasants, merchants, priests, nuns, etc. most of them with no make-up at all which contributes to create a vivid atmosphere that really puts us in the middle of a mediaeval scenery. Not a masterwork but something worth to be seen anyway.


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