“Marvelous.” Vincent Canby, New York Times

“Manages to be filthy-looking and is probably the most accurate vision of peasant life during the Renaissance period ever committed to film.” - Robert Dunbar, Philadelphia Gay News

September 21, 7:30pm | Pasolini adapts Giovanni Boccaccio’s collection of short stories in the first film in his Trilogy of Life (followed by THE CANTERBURY TALES and ARABIAN NIGHTS), weaving together bawdy and burlesque vignettes about sex, religion, and gardening (among other subjects).

Pier Palo Pasolini - Poetry, Passion & Provocation: One hundred years after his birth and nearly fifty years after his death, the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini continue to shock and provoke audiences, a filmography defined by powerful imagery and thematic juxtapositions: the sacred and the profane, the pious and the perverse, the personal and the political. One of the most distinctive filmmakers of the 60s and 70s, and one of cinema’s most venerated auteurs, Pasolini challenged the boundaries of filmmaking, self expression, and censorship, leaving him with a legacy of distinctive and singular work. Content consideration: films in this series contain sexual themes and imagery. View full series here.

This series is made possible by, and presented with generous support from, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Chicago. IIC Logo

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