Trilogy of Life (The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, Arabian Nights) (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection
Brand: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
In the early 1970s, the great Italian poet, philosopher, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (SalÃ², or The 120 Days of Sodom) brought to the screen a trio of masterpieces of premodern world literatureâ€”Giovanni Boccaccioâ€™s The Decameron, Geoffrey Chaucerâ€™s The Canterbury Tales, and The Thousand and One Nights (often known as The Arabian Nights)â€”and in doing so created his most uninhibited and extravagant work, which he titled his Trilogy of Life. In this brazen and bawdy triptych, the director set out to challenge consumer capitalism and celebrate the uncorrupted human body while commenting on contemporary sexual and religious mores and hypocrisies. His scatological humor and rough-hewn sensuality leave all modern standards of decency behind; these are physical, provocative, and wildly entertaining films, all extraordinarily designed by Dante Ferretti (Hugo) and featuring evocative music by Ennio Morricone (Days of Heaven). The Decameron Pasolini weaves together stories from Giovanni Boccaccioâ€™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 manâ€™s exploits with a gang of grave robbers, some randy nuns who sin with a strapping gardener, and Pasoliniâ€™s appearance as a pupil of the painter Giotto, at work on a massive fresco. One of the directorâ€™s ...
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