Pier Paolo Pasolini weaves together a handful of Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th-century moral tales in this picturesque free-for-all, exploring the delectations and dark corners of an earlier and less compromised time.
The first in Pier Paolo Pasolini's lively and colourful trilogy based on famous story cycles (The Canterbury Tales and The Arabian Nights followed) and winner of the Special Jury Prize at Berlin in 1971, is based on nine tales of sexual deception from Bocaccio's Decameron, set mostly around 14th century Naples. The film features seductive nuns, three jealous brothers who murder their sister's lover, a false saint, a deceiving husband, and a man who travels to buy horses but finds himself caught up in a series of disasters. Starring Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti and Angelo Luce. (From Italy, in Neapolitan and Italian, English subtitles) (1971) MA (S,N,A) (Rpt) WS