ICE-Vision: The Decameron (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1971)
Wednesday, January 30 at 8 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150
ICE-Vision continues with Film Studies major Daniel LoPilato’s weekly selections of eclectic, idiosyncratic, psychotronic, or otherwise eccentric excursions into world cinema.
The first installment of the controversial Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s compendium of adapted medieval texts, the Trilogy of Life, this bawdy film from Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th-century story imagines nine of Il Decameron’s tales through a lens at once erotic, slapstick, and scatological. “Not only are comedy films and church frescos treated as unlikely brothers here,” writes Joseph Jon Lanthier of Slant, “but Pasolini also alludes to a variety of cinematic tropes to suggest that even within the broad history of the moving image all genres and styles are created equal.”