The decameron

The decameron

DVD - 2012 | Italian
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Boccaccio's classic tales of passion brought to the screen with all their lusty fervor intact. Among the stories are a young man's exploits with a gang of robbers, a flock of randy nuns who sin with a strapping gardener, and a pupil of the painter Giotto working on a massive fresco.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, [2012]
ISBN: 9781604656473
Branch Call Number: ITA MOVIE DEC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 21, 2015

This DVD is a old production. Moreover, presenting a classic in a movie is always very difficult. If you want to enjoy the stories you should read the book. If you just want to have a quick idea on what the book is about, this DVD is ok. Having said, there is a newer DVD production already. You may consider that DVD.

Dec 17, 2014

Based on the 14th century writings of Boccaccio this series of ribald tales is crammed full of lusty nuns, murderous saints and adulterous housewives, all tied together with director Pier Paolo Pasolini's signature penchant for the scatological and the blasphemous. But, like an Italian take on "The Canterbury Tales", there is a finely honed satire at work beneath all the tasteless jokes and ample nudity. Pasolini's cast of unwashed amateurs lend an air of authenticity to the period sets, looking as if they just stepped out of Boccaccio's manuscript with all their warts and rotten teeth intact. Not for those with delicate sensibilities.

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