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The Black Decameron (1972)

Il decamerone nero (original title)
Five unrelated tales: (1) "The Ravishing Queen" / "La Reina Bella", in which the queen choses a king by devious endurance tests of the pretendants; (2) "The Punished Lovers", in which a ... See full summary »

Director:

Piero Vivarelli

Writers:

Ottavio Alessi, Leo Frobenius (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Beryl Cunningham ... Queen (segment "The Ravishing Queen")
Djbril Diop Djbril Diop ... Simoa the hunter (segment "The Endless Search")
Line Senghor Line Senghor
Fatou Djame Fatou Djame
Isseu Niang Isseu Niang
Isabelle Diallo Isabelle Diallo
Jacqueline Scott Jacqueline Scott ... Old Woman (segment "The Old Prostitute")
Josy McGregor Josy McGregor ... Adu
Serigne N'Diaye Serigne N'Diaye ... N'Sani
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gonzales Gonzales
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Five unrelated tales: (1) "The Ravishing Queen" / "La Reina Bella", in which the queen choses a king by devious endurance tests of the pretendants; (2) "The Punished Lovers", in which a fake blind husband is 'cured' after having the culprits banished from the tribe; (3) "The Old Prostitute" who manages to take revenge from all the village dignitaries who wrongfully condemned her brother; (4) "The Endless Search" that does not end until a hunter finds his perfect end-game; (5) "The Crazy Woman" whose illness was not exactly of the mind, but of an (almost) insatiable lust. Written by Artemis-9

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 June 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Decameron See more »

Filming Locations:

Matera, Basilicata, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

Comacico, Finarco, Gerico See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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German Import DVD has a Super-8mm Version of "Goodbye Uncle Tom", (German Audio only) as a special feature on the disc. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Tales of sex in Africa
12 April 1999 | by Katy-13See all my reviews

"The Black Decameron" contains a series of 5 fables on the subject of sex/love. They are all set in Africa, in authentic-looking "tribal" settings. The first fable involves an African Queen who is looking for a king. She puts a few of them through various tests, like battling wild lions, and they all fail, until the last one. In another story, "Cure of a crazy woman", two men try to "cure" a nympho woman who wears bizarre tribal make-up on her face. In the last fable "Simoa's endless search" a young man who is inexperienced with women, dresses in women's clothing in order to meet a woman's five daughters. He eventually becomes a traveling male prostitute. There is abundant nudity in this film, but a lot of it isn't erotic. The fable narratives can be slow moving, unsexy, and almost moralistic at times. But, there are a few bizarro, humorous scenes that save it from being uninteresting and predictable. Overall, this isn't your standard Western softcore movie. It probably has more in common with "The Gods must be Crazy" than the travelogue-type "Black Emanuelle" series.


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