Il Decameron (The Decameron)
Il Decameron (The Decameron) (1970)

This film was the first of director Pier Paolo Pasolini's "trilogy of life." Based on the sexually supercharged tales of Boccaccio, this film is a patchwork of many of Pasolini's favorite themes, with a surprising… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 4, 2009
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

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

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Marvelous.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

down to earth indictment of human folly well worth checking out

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

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Film4

It's par for the course with this kind of film that it doesn't all work, but it's continually fascinating.

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More reviews for Il Decameron (The Decameron)

Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Based on the 14th Century Boccaccio collection of stories, this film depicts medieval proletariat in various sexual escapades. It is an array of oddities.… More
Greg S
Pier Paolo Pasolini adapts several stories from Boccacio's "Decameron", focusing on the bawdy and anti-clerical. Slow and arty, and several of… More
Dean McKenna
Earthy, vibrant adaptation of eight stories from the fourteenth-century work by Boccaccio. Probably Pier Paolo Pasolini's most purely enjoyable film with… More
James Bond, Jr.
Pasolini's adaptation of nine stories from the ancient text, Bocaccio's 'Decameron', is an entertaining romp! Pasolini's specialty is… More
Cassandra Maples
he unapologetic choice of ancient, crumbling and dirty locations, coupled with the choice of "real-looking" actors devoid of manufactured graces made… More
Dimitris Springer
Boccaccio would have been proud..and cautious at first,it's a delightful pleasure to watch Decameron,striking images and anarchic events taking… More