Trilogy of Life

Edition no. 631

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Arabian NightsThe Canterbury TalesThe Decameron
20th Century FoxMGM Home Entertainment
Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini
In the early 1970s, the great Italian poet, philosopher, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini brought to the screen a trio of masterpieces of medieval literature—Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, and The Thousand and One Nights (often known as The Arabian Nights)—and in doing so created his most uninhibited and extravagant work. In this brazen and bawdy triptych, the director set out to challenge modern consumer culture and celebrate the uncorrupted human body, while commenting on contemporary sexual and religious mores and hypocrisies. Filled with scatological humor and a rough-hewn sensuality that leave all modern standards of decency behind, these are carnal, provocative, and wildly entertaining films, all extraordinarily designed by Dante Ferretti and featuring evocative music by Ennio Morricone.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 , 1.85:1
Audio: English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono , Italian 1.0 PCM Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 3 Discs |  BD-50

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  • On “The Decameron,” a new visual essay by film scholar Patrick Rumble
  • The Lost Body of Alibech (2005), a forty-five-minute documentary by Roberto Chiesi about a lost sequence from The Decameron
  • Via Pasolini (2005), a twenty-seven-minute documentary featuring archival footage of director Pier Paolo Pasolini discussing his views on language, film, and modern society
  • Trailers
  • New interview with film scholar Sam Rohdie
  • The Secret Humiliation of Chaucer (2006), a forty-seven-minute documentary by Roberto Chiesi about The Canterbury Tales
  • New interviews with art director Dante Ferretti and composer Ennio Morricone
  • Trailers
  • Introduction by director Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • On “Arabian Nights,” a new visual essay by film scholar Tony Rayns
  • Deleted scenes, with transcriptions of the dialogue from the original script
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini and the Form of the City (1974), a sixteen-minute documentary by Pasolini and Paolo Brunatto about the Italian cities Orte and Sabaudia
  • Trailers

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