Trilogy of Life

Trilogy of Life

3 Episodes

In the early 1970s, the great Italian poet, philosopher, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini brought to the screen a trio of masterpieces of medieval literature—Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and “The Thousand and One Nights” (often known as “The Arabian Nights”)—and in doing so created his most uninhibited and extravagant work. In this brazen and bawdy triptych, the director set out to challenge modern consumer culture and celebrate the uncorrupted human body, while commenting on contemporary sexual and religious mores and hypocrisies. Filled with scatological humor and a rough-hewn sensuality that leave all modern standards of decency behind, these are carnal, provocative, and wildly entertaining films, all extraordinarily designed by Dante Ferretti and featuring evocative music by Ennio Morricone.

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Trilogy of Life
  • The Decameron

    Episode 1

    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...

  • The Canterbury Tales

    Episode 2

    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1972 • Italy
    Starring Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli

    Eight of Geoffrey Chaucer’s lusty tales come to life on-screen in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s gutsy and delirious THE CANTERBURY TALES, which was shot in England and offers a remarkably earthy re-creatio...

  • Arabian Nights

    Episode 3

    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1974 • Italy
    Starring Ninetto Davoli, Ines Pellegrini, Franco Citti

    Pier Paolo Pasolini traveled to Africa, Nepal, and the Middle East to realize this ambitious cinematic treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary “The Thousand and One Nights.” This ...