- Actors: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic, Vincenzo Amato, Angela Luce
- Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini
- Writers: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giovanni Boccaccio
- Producers: Alberto Grimaldi, Franco Rossellini
- Format: PAL
- Language: Italian
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Bfi
- DVD Release Date: 7 May 2001
- Run Time: 107 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005ATG2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,545 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Decameron [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features
Italian language, English subtitles
From the Back Cover
The first of Pasolinis colourful, entertaining and highly erotic Trilogy of Life films based on famous story cycles (to be followed by The Canterbury Tales and Arabian Nights), The Decameron contains ten stories based on the fourteenth century works of Giovanni Boccaccio.
Capturing the bawdy, earthy spirit of the original, the film romps through its tales of sex and death of lusty nuns and priests, cuckolded husbands, murdered lovers and grave-robbers, with five of the stories linked by an artist, Giottos pupil, played by Pasolini himself.
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BFI's disc of Decameron is as good as can be expected. The print (slightly more severely letterboxed than the 1.66 indicated, but looks accurate) suffers from the problems one would expect from the type of film - cheaply made using mostly hand-helds and cheap filmstock, and natural lighting rendering many scenes overtly dark. The post-dubbed sound is harsh and/or distorted, but ok. Of more concern perhaps is the fact that the subtitles are burnt-in (not digital like on Salo - although even these were not removable for some reason) - and in some of the more troublesome dark scenes the picture becomes so smudgy that it is difficult to know what is going on. This is clearly a fault of the budget, but anamorphic enhancement would have helped.
extras - biography, a link to BFIs site - nothing remarkable (although the liner notes are better than usual, and the packaging is more sturdy than that used for Salo).
But most importantly perhaps - this release marks the first occasion Decameron is availible uncut for home viewing in this country - and so comes highly recommended for fans of Pasolini and off-beat Italian film.
Pasolini provides a cavalcade of tales exploring life and death, lust and sex, the materialism of the peasant world, the carnality of life. If there is a moral it is that sex and lust are blessings. Here, sex is presented as a political act - we all have ultimate political control over our own bodies; and here Pasolini explores the nature of belief, contrasting the real, physical, material world of sex and abandonment with the censorship and authoritarianism of religion. Pasolini was fascinated by the interaction of the Marxist and Catholic traditions within Italy ... and with the world of the traditional peasant before they became anachronisms with the growth of cities and the development of an industrialised economy.
'The Decameron' is set in a medieval world which embodies the traditional values of rough peasant sex, duplicity, and conflict with the moral certainties of the Church. We have nuns forsaking their vows of chastity, cuckolded husbands, a celebration of bodily functions. We have comedy, drama, music. It's lewd, it's bawdy, and there are bodies aplenty.
Here we have life, bounded by rules, but rules which are often pure hypocrisy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Annoyingly, the DVD soundtrack is out of sync with the film. Very distracting.Published 5 months ago by Carl
The first 50 minutes, then the DVD was faulty and Amazon does only allow for return of faulty items for a very short time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Christer Florman
the first film in PASOLINI,s trilogy of life.I think the BFI are doing a good thing releasing these dual format editionsPublished 12 months ago by terry s
The Decameron as the Decameron its tie to the time is somehow absent in bubbly 60-70 era. The people we re the same as today their humour and personal relationships were unlikely... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Zdenek Hanzlik