Four short stories that each explore different aspects of love, lust, relationships and romance. Mostly pretty bland in my opinion, all except Fellini's fantastical and quite Don Quijote-esque feature. It tells the story of a man, driven to the breaking-point by his suppressed desires. Quite amusing story with pretty good cinematography.
How I loved the priest that was cruelly beat by his instinctual, sexual arousal towards Anita Eckberg. All of the four acts were weirdly comical and carried on a style of their own. Credits in particular to Visconti's set: marvelous. It was certainly a fun watch, although not something essential.
Monicelli's part was the most dramatic and straight-forward, and I cared enough about the characters. Fellini's was (as can be expected from him) the weirdest and wackiest, and it was great fun and very amusing. Visconti's was the best written and the most engaging. De Sica's was probably my least favourite, but Sophia Loren... oh my goodness, that woman was absolute perfection.
This 4 adaptations of Boccaccio, on the theme of sexual temptation, generally disappoint. Fellini's comic fable is bombastic and irritating while Monicelli is too seduced by cinematic style. Di Sica's vibrant parade of fairground life has a sparkling Sophia Loren but its sexual politics are dated. Visconti's sharp tale of aristocratic infidelity is the best but ultimately even it stagnates then edges into melodrama.
Four films in one!- each with a distinctive flair and style yet filled with much physical humour which would be equally at home on a stage. Really enjoyed the colours, shapes and the the way the background in each shot has been thought out to amuse. An interesting commentary on the various attitudes on love,sex and marriage of the era. Why not 5/5? a little long overall- but then uncut films are by definition.
Producer Carlo Ponti brought together four of the biggest directors in Italy for this collection with mostly positive results. Best of the bunch would be the Monicelli (cut for original US release!) followed closely by the De Sica/Sophia Loren comedy. Fellini's first foray into colour is included and is quite amusing though quickly runs out of steam. Least would by the Visconti peace despite a great turn from Romy.