Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wondrous Boccaccio

Boccaccio’s bawdy Decameron is retold in Writers/Directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s rather vapid Wondrous Boccaccio.

It is the tale of 10 Florentines, reminiscent of today’s Millennials, who escape the City during the plague of 1348 and live for a few weeks in the safer countryside, passing the time by telling each other stories of tragic or comic love.

Unfortunately, only one of the five stories we’re presented…The Nun’s Story…is worthy of our attention.

Though the entire cast is attractive, it is the outstandingly beautiful cinematography of Simone Zampagni, the interesting sets of Production Designer Emita Frigato and the colorful costuming of Lina Nerli Taviani, that make this production of interest.

For these factors, only, I give Wondrous Boccaccio a 3 out of 5.

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