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Il Decameron (The Decameron) (1970)

Il Decameron (The Decameron) (1970)

Il Decameron (The Decameron)




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Adaptación de varios cuentos del Decamerón de Boccaccio, que versan sobre el tema del erotismo popular. Galardonada con el Premio Especial del jurado en el Festival de Berlín.more
Rating: R (For sensuality, and some language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Pier Paolo Pasolini
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2009
United Artists

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Critic Reviews for Il Decameron (The Decameron)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

The sight of the endless assembly of seemingly toothless proles Pasolini picked up as extras can be a bit intimidating.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic


Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Working with an Italian classic, he seems less inclined to transform his material, though what emerges is entertaining, if only in a mild way.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

at times it achieves nearly sublime heights (or, more accurately, lows) of grubby humor and vitality, but at other times it feels strained and slapdash

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Q Network Film Desk

Those with gentle sensibilities and who regard nuns as sacred should avoid this film.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Pasolini departed further from the spare Neorealism of his early career and hit upon a formula that won him unanticipated commercial success.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Il Decameron (The Decameron)

Based on the 14th Century Boccaccio collection of stories, this film depicts medieval proletariat in various sexual escapades.
It is an array of oddities. Toothless proles abound in this collection of stories that eschews the framing narrative of the original book, and as a result there's little that this film says on a grand scheme, excepting perhaps a vague Marxist comment. Some of the stories are funny, like the would-be thief.philanderer who falls in a pit of shit, and some of the stories are simply a mind-fuck, like the woman who plants her lover's dismembered head in a pot that rests of her windowsill.
Overall, I enjoyed parts of this film, but I couldn't see its over-arching raison d'etre.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Earthy, vibrant adaptation of eight stories from the fourteenth-century work by Boccaccio. Probably Pier Paolo Pasolini's most purely enjoyable film with comedy and little erotic.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


he unapologetic choice of ancient, crumbling and dirty locations, coupled with the choice of "real-looking" actors devoid of manufactured graces made this film feel right. 14th century Italy surely was as full of natural humour, even in close proximity to death, as this film makes out. Casual sex in spite of the threat of mortal sin is treated likewise with candour. A real masterpiece showing humanity in all its various forms.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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