Adventure • 1974 • 2 hr 11 min
Second last by Pasolini and possibly the most fulfilling movie in the so-called ‘trilogy of life’. Watch it before you jump into Salò.
This movie has the best direction in telling old tales. Its very funny and original.
A young Sicilian is swindled twice, but ends up rich; a man poses as a deaf-mute in a convent of curious nuns; a woman must hide her lover when her husband comes home early; a scoundrel fools a priest on his deathbed; three brothers take revenge on their sister's lover; a young girl sleeps on the roof to meet her boyfriend at night; a group of painters wait for inspiration; a crafty priest attempts to seduce his friend's wife; and two friends make a pact to find out what happens after death.
The final part of Pasolini's Trilogy of Life series is rich with exotic tales of slaves and kings, potions, betrayals, demons and, most of all, love and lovemaking in all its myriad forms. Mysterious and liberating, this is an exquisitely dreamlike and adult interpretation of the original folk tales.
Glimpses of Chaucer penning his famous work are sprinkled through this re-enactment of several of his stories.