The Decameron | Chicago Reader

The Decameron

Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1971 film of ten tales from the Boccaccio classic represents the first part of his celebrated “trilogy of life,” which also includes the less enjoyable The Canterbury Tales and the more enjoyable (though equally questionable) Arabian Nights. Working with an Italian classic, he seems less inclined to transform his material, though what emerges is entertaining, if only in a mild way—rather like Playboy's “Ribald Tales.” With Franco Citti and Pasolini regular Ninetto Davoli. In Italian with subtitles.

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