Pasolini weaves together stories from Giovanni Boccaccio's fourteenth-century moral tales in this picturesque free-for-all. The Decameron explores the delectations and dark corners of an earlier and, as the filmmaker saw it, less compromised time. Among the chief delights are a young man's exploits with a gang of grave robbers, some randy nuns who sin with a strapping gardener, and Pasolini's appearance as a pupil of the painter Giotto, at work on a massive fresco. One of the director's most popular films, The Decameron, transÂposed to Naples from Boccaccio's Florence, is a cutting takedown of the pieties surrounding religion and sex.
On "The Decameron," a new visual essay by film scholar Patrick Rumble
The Lost Body of Alibech (2005), a documentary by Roberto Chiesi about a lost sequence from The Decameron
Via Pasolini (2005), a documentary featuring archival footage of Pasolini discussing his views on language, film, and modern society