Decameron [Il Decameron, Trilogia della Vita] Pier Paolo Pasolini

Italian Cycle


Decameron, the first film in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Trilogy Of Life, recreates the environment of the Middle Ages, loosely adapting Boccaccio’s work of the same name, mixing it with meditations on contemporaneity itself. In the poetry of Pasolini, sexuality is an object for aesthetic research, essential to the human experience, but marked by the grave problem of depiction. In Pasolini’s own words, we have to “make depictable that which through hypocrisy, fear, anguish, has never been depicted, and yet is an essential part of existence: by which I mean sex, in its existential, bodily, carnal moment”. The film received the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.