Wondrous Boccaccio (Maraviglioso Boccaccio)



Lark Theatre Fri, Oct 9, 2015 4:30 PM
Sequoia 2 Thu, Oct 15, 2015 5:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Focus: Cinema Bellissimo
Running Time:121 min
Director:Paolo Taviani
Vittorio Taviani
Producer:Donatella Palermo
Luigi Musini
Screenwriter:Paolo Taviani
Vittorio Taviani
Cinematographer:Simone Zampagni
Bruno Di Virgilio
Editor:Roberto Perpignani
Cast:Lello Arena
Paola Cortellesi
Carolina Crescentini
Flavio Parenti
Vittoria Puccini
Michele Riondino
Print Source:MK2
Note Writer:Rod Armstrong


Tuscany has rarely looked as lovely as it doeseven with the Black Plague looming in the backgroundin this lively adaptation of The Decameron. In 14th-century Florence, a group of young people journey to the countryside in the hope of escaping the pestilence decimating the population. As a way of distracting themselves from the tragedy, they tell one another stories, mostly concerning forbidden love. From the ribald tale of illicit goings-on in a convent to the amusingly ironic chronicle of a painter who believes he is invisible to the moving parable of a poor falconer and the noblewoman he loves, the Taviani brothers (Caesar Must Die, MVFF 2012) fashion a richly appointed concoction of multiple narratives. Starring well-known Italian actors, such as Kim Rossi Stuart and Riccardo Scamarcio, alongside a passel of comely newcomers, Wondrous Boccaccio is a splendid reminder of the joys of storytelling and the verdant delights of Tuscany.

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Co-presented by Italian Cultural Institute

Additional Information

Paolo Taviani studied liberal arts at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan (1946). After writing and directing short films and plays with his brother Vittorio, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work together ever since, with each directing alternate scenes with the other watching but never interfering.