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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:

The Decameron See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first film in Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Trilogy of Life", continuing with The Canterbury Tales (1972) and concluding with Arabian Nights (1974). 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

Allievo di Giotto: Why create a work of art when dreaming about it is so much sweeter?
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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

Spoofed in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

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Pure Magic
8 August 2003 | by cyberthetrSee all my reviews

Pasolini's films are not for everyone. They are slow moving and play on archetypes, but I can think of no one who captures myth as well he does in his `Trilogy of Life' (The Decameron, The Arabian Nights, and The Canterbury Tales). Pasolini does as delicious job of weaving the mythical and poetic into everyday life. He uses real people instead of actors, and presents sexuality innocently and sensually. Staying away from the sexual violence so common in films of this era, and the soft porn haze we see in Hollywood films today. These universal stories are presented much the way they were written, simply and earnestly. The effect for me has always been pure magic.


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