Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, The Decameron is the first installment of The Trilogy of Life (The Canterbury Tales, Arabian Nights) and it’s an adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s book. Throughout the film, they explore themes such as sexual liberation, adultery, and violence in a form of vulgar humor. Pushing the boundaries of how far a joke can go.
For instance, religion played a big part of the film, however it wasn’t portrayed as the great almighty, but rather it became the running joke of half of the stories. Who would have thought we would see nuns wanting to explore their sexuality? Seems like Pasolini had fun jabbing the Catholic church.
Now as for the stories itself, Pasolini adapted nine of Boccaccio’s stories. Being a film that was launched in 1971, I’m impressed by the technical achievements that were made; especially in the production design. My favorite part of the film was Giotto’s pupil recreating a Fresco painting on his dream. Ending the story with the phrase: “why produce a work of art, when it’s so nice to dream about it?“. Could it be that Pasolini was also talking about his works of art?
On the other hand, the audio of the film wasn’t that great. The voice of the actors didn’t match with the movement of the actors mouth. Plus, I wasn’t that of a fan of a few stories. Some were more engaging than others. Now, would I watch this movie again? Probably? Ask me again in a couple of years…
Le fate ignoranti is an italian drama that’s directed by Ferzan Özpetek. It follows the story of Antonia, after her husband died of a car incident, she finds out that he was having an affair with a man named Michele. The movie definitely made some choice that didn’t hit the spot for me, such as bad editing, score selection, and even character development. However, I can say that I was entertained by the story and there were a few things that piqued my interest. Particularly, the chemistry of the family unit that later on, Antonia joins. The use of the color red throughout the film; symbolizing rage and passion. Lastly, the use of foreshadowing that later on, determined the fate of the characters. Le fate ignoranti certainly has its flaws, but the drama that happens within the story is amusing.
Ana Sofía Cintrón Mediavilla
Writers Note: When I was surfing on the internet, I found out that Le Fate Ignoranti (2001) copied the car crash scene from the film Meet Joe Black (1998).
Directed by Roberto Rossellini, Roma Città Aperta, is a drama that tells the story of the Nazi occupation in Rome and the courageous civilians that went against them. It’s a film that marks the beginning of Italian Neorealism, a movement that focuses on the harsh reality and how society struggled after World War II. It’s incredible how Rossellini went through a lot of hardship for the movie to be made. From not enough financing to the city’s studio being destroyed. Also using different film stocks, giving the film a documentary style to it. You could even say that this was his own way of rebelling, much like the characters in his film. Roma Città Aperta is an emotional, devastating and impactful piece of media that has surely influenced cinema.