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The Decameron

Spine #632

Nov 13, 2012

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Italian PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

The Decameron

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Directed By: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Licensor: MGM Home Entertainment

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Pasolini weaves together stories from Giovanni Boccaccio's fourteenth-century moral tales in this picturesque free-for-all. The Decameron explores the delectations and dark corners of an earlier and, as the filmmaker saw it, less compromised time. Among the chief delights are a young man's exploits with a gang of grave robbers, some randy nuns who sin with a strapping gardener, and Pasolini's appearance as a pupil of the painter Giotto, at work on a massive fresco. One of the director's most popular films, The Decameron, transĀ­posed to Naples from Boccaccio's Florence, is a cutting takedown of the pieties surrounding religion and sex.

  • On "The Decameron," a new visual essay by film scholar Patrick Rumble
  • The Lost Body of Alibech (2005), a documentary by Roberto Chiesi about a lost sequence from The Decameron
  • Via Pasolini (2005), a documentary featuring archival footage of Pasolini discussing his views on language, film, and modern society
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