The Decameron

Based on a collection of medieval stories by 14th century writer Giovanni Boccaccio, the first film in Pasolini’s Trilogy of Life captures the joys and sorrows of life.

The first part of Pasolini’s colourful and highly erotic Trilogy of Life is full of bawdy, earthy spirit, romping through tales of lusty priests, cuckolded husbands, murdered lovers and grave-robbers – with five of the stories linked by the character of an intriguing artist, played by Pasolini himself. Pasolini’s visual notes for an unrealised film project, ‘Notes for an African Oresteia’, is also included here, fully restored to high definition by Cineteca di Bologna.

Special features

  • Alternative English language version.
  • Original Italian trailer.
  • Notes for an African Oresteia (1970, b&w, 73 mins, 1.33:1).
  • Fully illustrated booklet including essays, reviews and biography.

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      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

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