In this film inspired by the ancient erotic and mysterious tales of Mid-West Asia, the main story concerns an innocent young man who comes to fall in love with a slave who selected him as ... See full summary »
In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity, where the baby is taken into the desert to be killed. He is ... See full summary »
A strange visitor in a wealthy family. He seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter and finally the father before leaving a few days after. After he's gone, none of them can ... See full summary »
Two dramatic stories. In an undetermined past, a young cannibal (who killed his own father) is condemned to be torn to pieces by some wild beasts. In the second story, Julian, the young son... See full summary »
Pier Paolo Pasolini
After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution.... See full summary »
Pier Paolo Pasolini
The capital of Yemen, the city of Sana'a, holds an important part of history within its walls filled with medieval architecture and culture. But that same culture was about to disappear ... See full summary »
Pasolini dared to show the medieval era as extremely dirty, indecent, vulgar
This is the second in Pasolini's series of setting classic bawdy tales to film In this case, he selected eight of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, including the infamous miller's tale and the incident with the red hot poker kiss
The tales revolve around a group of pilgrims who are journeying to the shrine of Saint Thomas a Becket of Canterbury The trip is so boring that they begin telling each other stories that soon get obscene, gory and very sexy Pasolini adds another motif to his visualization by placing Chaucer himself into the movie, periodically cutting to him writing at his desk...
Pasolini inserts pleasure and amusement at social customs, especially marriage Some of the stories are funny, others are deadly serious The scene where a young man is burned for making love to another of his own sex, for example, is chilling...
In fact, Pasolini's using non professional actors, is more in keeping with the tone of the original than the usual romanticized versions...
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