Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, only Pasolini
could bring Boccaccio's classic tales of passion to the screen with all their lusty fervor
intact. The first part of Pasolini's great "Trilogy of Life", based on the
ribald tales of Boccaccio, which deal with human sensuality and artistic creation is The
Decameron. Pasolini himself appears in the role of the painter Giotto, and
continues to use non-professional actors because, he said, he was fed up with the
traditional cinema's "false language of realism." With Franco Citti,
Ninetto Davoli, M. Gabriella Frankel, Gerhard Exel, Wolfgang Hillinger, Vincenzo Amato, Jovan
Jovanovic, Giuseppe Zigaina. Franco Rossellini, Executive Producer.
Italian with English subtitles, color, 116 minutes (original uncut version).
Rated R. Letterbox format.