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The Decameron (1971 film) – All You Need To know About This Movie

The Decameron, written by Giovanni Boccaccio, is the most influential work by an Italian author during the Renaissance period. In 1971, a movie came out called. It was directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini and was based on the novel of the same name by Giovanni Boccaccio. The story is set in Florence during the black death and follows ten young people who have fled their city to find safety from the ravages of the plague in a countryside mansion. This blog post takes an informative look at this movie with spoilers about what it is about as well as what makes it good or not so good for certain people.

Release Date: July 29, 1971 (Berlin)

Running Time: 106 minutes

Country: Germany


Language: German

Movie Rating (IMDb): 7.1/10

Cast And Crew :

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Written by: Edward Neumeier, Robert Heinlein (original novel)


  • Franco Citti – Ciappelletto of Prato
  • Ninetto Davoli – Andreuccio of Perugia
  • Angela Luce – Peronella
  • Giuseppe Zigaina – German Monk
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini – Giotto’s Pupil
  • Vincenzo Amato – Masetto of Lamporecchio
  • Maria Gabriella Maione – Madonna Fiordaliso

About The Movie :


With no one else at the country villa, they decide to stay and live their lives as Italians did in the 13th century. The men and women are each assigned different roles that they must play to make their lives easier. For example, some of them will have certain jobs to do during the day, such as weaving and cooking. Some would be responsible for keeping the group entertained by telling stories. This is where we learn about each person’s past and get a view into what kind of people they are. There are humorous parts along with sad parts and even a little bit of romance. The stories told in this movie vary from comedic tales to tragic stories that make you think about life.


Box Office Collection :


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The movie was released on July 29, 1971, in Italy. The film grossed a total of 1,326,074,000 Italian lire domestically. The film received mixed reviews from the public. It received a score of 6.1 out of 10 from IMDb. Rotten Tomatoes received a score of 50%.

Why Should You Watch The Movie? 


This movie, although made in 1971, is based on a fourteenth-century book. It allows people today to get a sense of what life was like during that period. If you like watching movies that provide historical insight and give you a view into the past, this movie is for you. If you are interested in reading about the plague, this movie goes into detail about many aspects of it and may make you more knowledgeable about it.


Popular Myths About The Movie: 


Most people are under the impression that the movie is about two boys and a girl whose lives were ended by the plague but it was an accurate depiction of what happened to people during that period. You will also see many people say this is a very depressing movie or impossible to watch because of its subject matter and also because it took place in a period when there were no antibiotics or even such things as painkillers. There were indeed no antibiotics in 14th-century Europe, but not because they didn’t have them.

My Reviews On This Movie :


I enjoyed this movie and thought it was a thoughtful, entertaining film that is highly recommended for those who want to take a look at the past from a different point of view. I found myself thinking about what life would be like if I lived in Florence during that time and was sad to learn that people did not have access to painkillers so they had to suffer with all the diseases they had. This movie also made me think about how people would have acted during that period because the characters were all typical of what you might have seen during those times.

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