His first installment of the "trilogy of life" - There were some good & little funny episodes I enjoyed seeing while Pasolini makes a special appearence during the film's last hour and this was done beautifully as I'd always when it comes to Pasolini. Though, the film's entertainment can be all right at times because it is an in-&-out anthology explores a lot and explores a lot in eroticism & reiligon
As ever with Pasolini, the juxtaposition between ancient & modern is an effort to comment on the present by way of the past; to show that the nature of life is unchanging (people are always motivated by greed, lust & fear of death) while also creating a point of contrast. The films hymn to the joyous vulgarities of life is intended to show how far our society has progressed, but also how greatly it's been corrupted.
Wonderful. Felt like a fantastic celebration and examination of life and sex. Cinematography was spectacular. It's funny how modern and medieval the film felt at the same time. I also loved the freeform narrative that seemed to go any damn where it pleased, sometimes with stories not even finishing. Also I loved Pasolini's role and the final line of the film was just mind blowingly beautiful.
"Why a complete work when it's so beautiful just to dream it?" Pasolini confronts the audience with that question in the final moments of THE DECAMERON, the first in his TRILOGY OF LIFE and an extension of continued subversive exploration of the line between sacred and profane. Inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio's frame story, the film memorably explores the at times absurd relationship between sex and religion.
i do not think anyone does scandal and sacrilege like san pier paolo. by this point in his career, his link to the working class is clear and his aversion to the bourgeoisie has reached a vitriolic peak. the framing structure works perfectly and it never seems clunky or boring. this is the peak of the trilogy, because here he is in his element, taking an italian canonical text and making it his own vision.