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

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Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian | Neapolitan

Release Date:

16 September 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

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 »

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Version of Virgin Territory (2007) See more »

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The first part of the trilogy of life.
3 September 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

After adapting "Gospel according to Saint-Matthews" as no one had done before (and after ) him ,in a drastically anti-Hollywood style ("greatest story ever told" and the Italian's opus are worlds apart),Pasolini brushed away the cobwebs from Greek myths such as "Oedipe" and "Medea".Then he began his trilogy of life which would also encompass "the Canterbury tales" and "fiore della mille e una notte".

"Il decameron" is the first and it created the surprise in 1971:no one had been as bawdy as Pasolini at the time (and I wonder if someone had since).This is a movie made up of little sketches ,all adapted from

Boccacio and they respect the original stories (notably the" nightingale" segment)Probably the funniest of the trilogy,and the happiest -both "Canterbury" and "mille e una" feature some dark scenes :a gay is burned alive in the former,an adolescent's murdered in the latter.

That said,"Il decameron" and the two other parts are not for all tastes:bawdiness,vulgarity and scatology may repel some.


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