Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Running time: 111 minutes
In the early 1970s, Italian poet, philosopher and film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini made his most uninhibited and extravagant works. Grouped under the title The Trilogy of Life, they are based on three classics of medieval literature: Boccaccio's The Decameron, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and the legendary stories from The Thousand and One Nights (also known as Arabian Nights). Pasolini was a notorious author and activist before he became a filmmaker and his gay, Marxist, Catholic point of view gave him a unique form of expression. The Trilogy of Life, pitted itself against the conventions of modern consumerist culture flouting religious, social and sexual codes with carnal and provocative scenes and a scatological, slapstick humour. The Decameron (1971) is first movie in in the trilogy and adapts a selection of Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th century moral tales to examine many of the director's favourite themes. It explores what Pasolini saw as a darker and less compromised time with abundant nudity, sex and humour and features the director himself as an aspirant fresco painter and student of Giotto. Shot exclusively in Neapolitan dialect, the film features a score by Ennio Morricone and, despite the fact that Pasolini rejected the trilogy shortly after making it, remains one of cinema's most provocative and visionary films.
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