The Decameron

The Decameron

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1971 • Italy
Starring Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic

Pier Paolo Pasolini weaves together a handful of Giovanni Boccaccio’s fourteenth-century moral tales in this picturesque free-for-all. THE DECAMERON explores the delectations and dark corners of an earlier and, as the filmmaker saw it, less compromised time. Among the chief delights are a young man’s exploits with a gang of grave robbers, a flock of randy nuns who sin with a strapping gardener, and Pasolini’s appearance as a pupil of the painter Giotto, at work on a massive fresco. One of the director’s most popular films, THE DECAMERON, trans¬posed to Naples from Boccaccio’s Florence, is a cutting takedown of the pieties surrounding religion and sex.

The Decameron
  • The Decameron

    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1971 • Italy
    Starring Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic

    Pier Paolo Pasolini weaves together a handful of Giovanni Boccaccio’s fourteenth-century moral tales in this picturesque free-for-all. THE DECAMERON explores the delectations and dark corners of...

Extras

  • On THE DECAMERON

    This twenty-five minute visual essay by film scholar Patrick Rumble, author of “Allegories of Contamination: Pier Paolo Pasolini's ‘Trilogy of Life’," was made in 2012.

  • The Lost Body of Alibech

    This documentary, produced and directed by Roberto Chiesi in 2005, presents, through photos and script pages, a now lost section of THE DECAMERON—shot in Yemen—that director Pier Paolo Pasolini cut before the film’s international release. It also features interviews with actor Ninetto Davoli, lon...

  • Via Pasolini

    This program, made for RAI television in 2005, comprises excerpts from interviews with THE DECAMERON director Pier Paolo Pasolini. In them, he discusses his family, the influence of political theorist Antonio Gramsci on his work, and "the grace of the illiterate," among other topics.

  • THE DECAMERON U.S. Trailer