“l met a lady claiming to be my sister. She invited me to supper. I fell into her toilet, and here I am!”
Eight vignettes — based on stories from Boccaccio’s Decameron — poke fun at love, sex, and Catholicism in 14th century Italy.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Episodic Films
- Historical Drama
- Italian Films
- Pier Paolo Pasolini Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Pier Pasolini’s loose adaptation of Boccaccio’s naughty medieval folk tale collection is humorous, irreverent, and eminently watchable. As with any episodic film, some vignettes are inevitably more successful than others; among my favorites are the convent of lusty nuns who try to use a studly deaf worker for their own lascivious purposes; an unwitting young man who finds himself trapped in a coffin while trying to steal some jewels; and a father who catches his daughter having sex with her wealthy lover, then happily insists that they marry. As Peary points out, director Pasolini seems to revel in his characters’ debauchery, and this joy is evident in nearly every scene.
- An energetic, colorful evocation of “subversive” behavior in medieval times
- A no-holds-barred portrayal of men and women who are, as Peary puts it, “in need of a shave, a bath, a dentist, or a good diet plan”
Yes. This remains one of Pier Pasolini’s most enjoyable films, and is well-worth seeing.
- Foreign Gem
- Important Director