The Decameron(Il Decameron)
Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Italy/France/West Germany, 1971, Italian, 111mins, DCP, Category III
Cast: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Angela Luce, Pier Paolo Pasolini
To recreate a lost reality inspired by the medieval texts, Pasolini takes a rollicking start to his Trilogy of Life, weaving together ten of Boccaccio's 14th-century moral tales into a turbulent and uproarious panorama of early Renaissance life. Abandoning the framing device of the source material, stories intersect with each other in a fluid world where personal freedom, sensuality, and eroticism are central to human experience, while class, conflict and religion are constructs as sexual romps. Appearing as a pupil of Giotto, Pasolini paints a cinematic landscape ripe with obscene ecstasy and frenzied dream.
Berlin International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize