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2.0 out of 5 stars Rotten Teeth, Rotten Acting, Penny Arcade Peeps, 18 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Decameron [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
I am one of those plebs who would rather hear a technically flawed recording of Gigli, Dame Myra Hess, than a perfect reproduction of my classics. Those who still attend concerts know what I mean. OK the lady behind blows her nose and the old man in front wriggles in his seat. But the performance is everything. Slavering over new technology at the expense of being well entertained is, sorry, bizarre. A tour of the factories in Taiwan might be more titillating for those who love their pixels and margins. But certainly the improvements add to a fine tale well told, albeit they are not, for me, the main event.
Not so sure about the R18 either, I know sex sells but does BFI need this? The occasional popping out penis is neither art nor ribald unless you are 8 years old. I expected to hear a nun ask if the woodshed was where the knobs hang out, that level of subtlety doesn't really pass go. The colour and beauty of the Italian scenery was fine, every bit as good as my wife's videos. Italians with rotten teeth may have a subtle message to aficianados of such things, but they must have stunk something 'orrible. Bracketing this silly, boring rendition of the Middle Ages literature it represents, well, let's be fair, fails. "Canterbury Tales" is delightful, entertaing, instructive and a reminder of the links a hill can forge to meld 500 years together.
I found this one so bad, I watched Belle Epoque immediately after, to rinse away the Decamaron. And so it did.Beautifully.
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