Decameron, The / Il Decameron (1971)

3.5 out of 5

Eight tales from Boccaccio’s Decameron get the cinematic treatment by the masterful Pier Paolo Pasolini. Eight tales connected thorough the themes of eroticism and humour. Yes, it’s the art house version of the Italian sex comedy.

A lusty young lad pretending to be a mute works his way though the frisky nuns at the convent. When the mother superior finally gets him into the shed, he raises his voice in protest. She’s convinced that it’s an act of god and declares that the “praised” lad can stay at the convent as their saint of miracles. And poor Pasolini regular Ninetto Davoli trying to hide from a jealous husband and the only place to go is into the shitter… are amongst the highlights in this splendid movie which mixes eroticism, lusty young lads, lively nuns, lush maidens and a healthy dose of humorous criticism towards the clergy all set in the middle ages.

Needless to say the first part of Pasolini’s “trilogy of life” spawned a bunch of low budget spinoffs, amongst them Joe D’Amato’s directorial debut Sollazzevoli storie di mogi gaudenti e mariti penietenti aka More Sexy Canterbury Tales.

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