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"Il Decameron" was the first of director Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Trilogy of Life". The film, based on the sexually supercharged tales of Boccaccio, is a patchwork of many of Pasolini's favorite themes, with a surprising endorsement of heterosexuality -specifically female heterosexuality- included in the proceedings. Pasolini himself plays the role of an aspiring fresco painter who is advised that his completed work will never be as satisfying as his dream of that work. Not one to make his films accessible to a general audience, Pasolini nonetheless enjoyed a positive public response to "Il Decameron" (a response due more to the film's raw eroticism than the public's grasp of Pasolini's messages). The film was followed by Pasolini's "Canterbury Tales" and "Arabian Nights".



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