With this earthy adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's famous 14th-century story cycle, director Pier Paolo Pasolini departed further from the spare Neorealism of his early career and hit upon a formula that won him unanticipated commercial success. His visually attractive interpretations of
classic medieval literature (THE CANTERBURY TALES, ARABIAN NIGHTS)--spiced with plenty of nudity, violence, and bumptious good humor--made millions internationally, infuriated Italian bluenoses, and inspired scores of low-budget knockoffs. THE DECAMERON dispenses with Boccaccio's framing narrative
of aristocrats fleeing the plague and substitutes scenes of Giotto (a directorial fi...