Il Decameron (The Decameron)
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The Decameron was the first of director Pier Paolo Pasolini's "trilogy of life." The film, based on the sexually supercharged tales of Boccaccio, is a patchwork of many of Pasolini's favorite themes. Pasolini himself plays the role of an aspiring fresco painter who is advised that his completed work will never be as satisfying as his dream of that work. The film is followed by Pasolini's The Canterbury Tales and The Arabian Nights. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sight of the endless assembly of seemingly toothless proles Pasolini picked up as extras can be a bit intimidating."
‑ , Time Out
"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"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Pasolini questions his own dream, his idealization of this beautiful, bucolic world he has created in which peasant and artist and the Virgin Mary coexist in divine harmony."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Those with gentle sensibilities and who regard nuns as sacred should avoid this film."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"down to earth indictment of human folly well worth checking out"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Working with an Italian classic, he seems less inclined to transform his material, though what emerges is entertaining, if only in a mild way."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Pasolini departed further from the spare Neorealism of his early career and hit upon a formula that won him unanticipated commercial success."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's par for the course with this kind of film that it doesn't all work, but it's continually fascinating."
‑ , Film4
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