Real cult to pagan love and sensual pleasures with touches of grotesque, baroque and goofy situations...the antithesis of his film Salo where sex is deshumanised and bodies are alienated. Pasolini's usual critic of the prevailing religious moral is also pretty obvious in this subversive film.
The eternal conflict between "morality" and Earthly desires, projected onto the screen by that famed debaucherer Pier Paolo Pasolini. It's an often funny series of scenes centered around religion and sex, and a blending of the two that would be called unholy, but whether it is wrong is in question. As the man in the final episode discovers, sometimes what you thought was prohibited isn't so bad after all.
Pasolini poderia facilmente cair na tentação de "arquivar" este marco literário no contexto histórico que lhe deu origem. Em vez disso, produziu-nos uma pérola burlesca, imperfeita mas sincera e apaixonada, que louva tudo o que há de intemporal na obra de Boccaccio.
Nine different tales of passion in Medieval Italy, filled with beauty, vulgarity, comedy and spirituality. It's all over the place, but it works for the most part, the images being particularly striking at times, and gritty and down to earth at others. Morals could be taken away from the stories presented, but I think it's better to appreciate them for their bawdy absurdity, showing the best and worst of base desires
Following a literature masterpiece, film presents a 20th century view of it by means of directors preferred themes and motifs. It doesn't all work, and feels there is very little done on exploring the material, opposed to exploring the possiblities of Pasolini's oeuvre. Still, it is an entertaining, nicely composed piece to watch.
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.
"Why create a work of art when dreaming about it is so much sweeter?" I haven't read Boccaccio's Decameron yet, although I've had the book for over a year now. Pasolini's Decameron is so beautifully shot that reading it is a must now. One thing though, I don't understand Italian but I just noticed that the Italian in The Canterbury Tales is screechy, but here it's more musical. Dialect variations?
Wonderful. "Porquê pintar uma obra de arte se é tão bonito sonhá-la apenas."/"Why do we need to paint a work of art, when dreaming about it is so beautiful." Pasolini makes me forget this was filmed at all, everything looks and is so earthy and natural. Life trilogy at its best.