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Trilogy of Life (Criterion Collection) DVD
Trilogy of Life (Criterion Collection)

Trilogy of Life (Criterion Collection)

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In the early 1970s, the great Italian poet, philosopher, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom) brought to the screen a trio of masterpieces of premodern world literature-Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron, Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, and The Thousand and One Nights (often known as The Arabian Nights)-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).Films IncludeThe DecameronPasolini weaves together storiesfrom Giovanni Boccaccio'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 man's exploits with a gang of grave robbers, some randy nuns who sin with a strapping gardener, and Pasolini's appearance as a pupil of the painter Giotto, at work on a massive fresco. One of the director's most popular films, The Decameron, transposed to Naples from Boccaccio's Florence, is a cutting takedown of the pieties surrounding religion and sex.The Canterbury TalesEight of Geoffrey Chaucer's lusty tales come to life on-screen in Pasolini's gutsy and delirious The Canterbury Tales, w
Title: Trilogy of Life (Criterion Collection)
Genre: Drama, Foreign-Italian
Starring: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Hugh Griffith, Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Franco Merli, Laura Betti, Ines Pellegrini, Angela Luce, Francesco Paolo Governale
Directors: Pier Paolo Pasoli, Sergio Citti, Pier Paolo Pasolini
Studio: Criterion Collection
Number of Discs: 4
Release Date: 11/13/2012
Original Year: 1971
Product Type: DVD
UPC: 715515100311
Item #: 421039X

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