In the early 1970’s, the great Italian poet, philosopher and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini brought to the screen a trio of masterpieces (also known as his ‚ÄòTrilogy of Life’) – The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales and Arabian Nights – and in doing so created his most uninhibited and extravagant work.
This May, World Movies will be showcasing the three films in Pasolini’s ‚ÄòTrilogy of Life’ collection across one-larger-than-life Sunday night.
Sunday 31 May 7.30pm
The Decameron (1971)
Pasolini weaves together a handful of Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th-century moral tales in this picturesque free-for-all, exploring the delectations and dark corners of an earlier and less compromised time.
Sunday 31 May 9.20pm
The Canterbury Tales (1971)
Eight of Geoffrey Chaucer’s lusty tales come to life on-screen in Pasolini’s gutsy and delirious masterpiece, which was shot in England and offers a remarkably earthy re-creation of the medieval era.
Sunday 31 May 11.10pm
Arabian Nights (1975)
Pasolini travelled to Africa, India, and the Middle East to realise this ambitious cinematic treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary One Thousand and One Nights.