Satire in the Decameron

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Pier Paolo Pasolini’s satire in the DECAMERON
 
 
The Decameron of Pasolini is set in a funny touchy commonplace atmosphere, its humor hilarious though some of it might offend hardcore believers and enrage politicians alike and assault ethics of this era with supercharged erotic or picaresque stories.
 The title literally means “Ten Days Work” ad resumes nine tales of the great Italian poet Boccaccio’s great work.Through this film Pasolini in autobiographical note and the two guiding episodes that of Sir Ciappeletto (with Actor Franco Citto. an immoral libertine murderer that even at the point of death makes himself pass as a saint) and that of Giotto’s student (starring Pasolini himself) stresses Boccaccio’s relationship (and his own) between life and religion, the triumphant bourgeoisie and  the common class. However Pasolini the avowed Marxist that he was said:
“My Boccaccio is infinitely more popular then of the real Boccaccio. The real Boccaccio is popular in a sense that is a most immense one than this world (I created) and the bourgeoisie in Boccaccio became a accepted  alibi with the popular class (at a time when the institutions were still feudal and aristocratic). The power was still a power or in the metaphysical power of the Pope, and then still a sacred power. The bourgeoisie in many ways was extremely more bent towards the popular class and the peasants. Therefore I found again the joy (in Boccaccio this joy is justified for the fact that we are experiencing the wonderful birth of the bourgeoisie) and instead I have  replaced with an innocent (peasant) joy in a world that has its limits in history and for this reason I have placed it outside history.”
But Pasolini intention much more then Bocccaccio’s was to satirize thus expose some of the main problems in the Church and society that still exist at the end of the 20th century.  Boccaccio and Pasolini thoughts are the same as they both want to expose the hypocrisy of religion the poignant mentality the bourgeoisie of the time.In a series of funny situations and erotic entanglements and at times tragic composition of successive scenes Pasolini relates  a picture of all cultural movements while portraying the people in a realistic way, showing popular types such as peasants merchants priests and nuns and the creates a vivid atmosphere that places in it  the middle of a medieval scenery. Often times the setting for the stories in the movie is a religious ground because the Church has always played a central role in medieval times and Italian cultural society.  The Church also represents both a refuge and as well as a place  of wilderness (because of little human influence and control) and therefore could even be a dangerous place. The sexuality depicted on Holy Grounds and peoples of the cloak make this film the scandal of the traditional age. Try as we may we will never forget for instance the young men who poses as deaf mute in the nun’s convent and when they realize that their handsome hired help has a lot more to offer then just tend to their prune garden eager and yearning to try the delights of sex take turns sleeping with him or Gemmata for that matter who is taken sexually under her husband’s eyes by the priest Don Gianni that cunningly tells her he can cast a spell that can change her into a horse.
 In a more somber note Pasolini explores the violent core of bourgeoisie life where the young apprentice Lorenzo is murdered by his lover Elizabetta’s brothers because Lorenzo is not socially fit to join Elizabetta’s upwardly noble class. Neither can we ever forget the tale of the beautiful young lovers who are caught with their pants down by the girl’s parents, but instead of murdering the boy, the parents are delighted that their daughter will be marrying the son of a wealthy and influential family.  The way the nuns, the priests the bourgeoisie for example live out their sexual dimensions, or the adultery , the pure appetite , trickery self-made law and the acknowledgement of an age where sex is marketed and commercialized contribute to render it the movie more obscene lacking in any ideological commitment Its common offensive sentiments of pudeur condemning the Church and bourgeoisie for its libertine and obscene and horrendous transgressions lacking respect for what is Holy or lawful has Pasolini arrested be charged both by the for pornography and offensive religious and moral point of view
 (Pasolini also loved to flaunter his homosexuality and following the release of his film “Oedipus Rex” the director’s response to a reporter question as to whether he ever wanted to sleep with his own mother was “No…but perhaps, sometimes with my brother.”.
In his own personal version of the Decameron Pasolini more then wanting to expose the Church for its wrong doing and the bourgeoisie for lack of moral and ethical values he has wanted to propose and exalt sexuality, the corporality and sexual virtue  of the common man and the popular class .  And while Boccaccio has wanted to write a story of historical optimism and the wonderful innovation that exploded with the  revolution and birth of the bourgeoise, the new era of reason  Pasolini  has wanted to exalt the joy of sex the joy of living thus all the nine tales are “licentious” and the eroticism truly  captivating and shocking.. Peronella for instance allows herself to be sexually gratified by her lover while she persuades her stupid husband to climb into a barrel and clean its interior . Caterina  with the excuse of the hot weather sleeps on top of the roof so that her lover can join her and thus taking tender care of her (usignolo)  of boyfriend.Pasolini’s sexual relationships in the movie do not omit his own tormented sexual relationships and experiences thus offering a personal and original dimension.
Pasolini in 1975 was murdered by a 17 year old hustler known as the Frog. After beating him up, Pino finished him off by driving an Alfa Romeo over him.
 
 
Pier Paolo Pasolini’s satire in the DECAMERON
 
 
The Decameron of Pasolini is set in a funny touchy commonplace atmosphere, its humor hilarious though some of it might offend hardcore believers and enrage politicians alike and assault ethics of this era with supercharged erotic or picaresque stories.
 The title literally means “Ten Days Work” ad resumes nine tales of the great Italian poet Boccaccio’s great work.Through this film Pasolini in autobiographical note and the two guiding episodes that of Sir Ciappeletto (with Actor Franco Citto. an immoral libertine murderer that even at the point of death makes himself pass as a saint) and that of Giotto’s student (starring Pasolini himself) stresses Boccaccio’s relationship (and his own) between life and religion, the triumphant bourgeoisie and  the common class. However Pasolini the avowed Marxist that he was said:
“My Boccaccio is infinitely more popular then of the real Boccaccio. The real Boccaccio is popular in a sense that is a most immense one than this world (I created) and the bourgeoisie in Boccaccio became a accepted  alibi with the popular class (at a time when the institutions were still feudal and aristocratic). The power was still a power or in the metaphysical power of the Pope, and then still a sacred power. The bourgeoisie in many ways was extremely more bent towards the popular class and the peasants. Therefore I found again the joy (in Boccaccio this joy is justified for the fact that we are experiencing the wonderful birth of the bourgeoisie) and instead I have  replaced with an innocent (peasant) joy in a world that has its limits in history and for this reason I have placed it outside history.”
But Pasolini intention much more then Bocccaccio’s was to satirize thus expose some of the main problems in the Church and society that still exist at the end of the 20th century.  Boccaccio and Pasolini thoughts are the same as they both want to expose the hypocrisy of religion the poignant mentality the bourgeoisie of the time.In a series of funny situations and erotic entanglements and at times tragic composition of successive scenes Pasolini relates  a picture of all cultural movements while portraying the people in a realistic way, showing popular types such as peasants merchants priests and nuns and the creates a vivid atmosphere that places in it  the middle of a medieval scenery. Often times the setting for the stories in the movie is a religious ground because the Church has always played a central role in medieval times and Italian cultural society.  The Church also represents both a refuge and as well as a place  of wilderness (because of little human influence and control) and therefore could even be a dangerous place. The sexuality depicted on Holy Grounds and peoples of the cloak make this film the scandal of the traditional age. Try as we may we will never forget for instance the young men who poses as deaf mute in the nun’s convent and when they realize that their handsome hired help has a lot more to offer then just tend to their prune garden eager and yearning to try the delights of sex take turns sleeping with him or Gemmata for that matter who is taken sexually under her husband’s eyes by the priest Don Gianni that cunningly tells her he can cast a spell that can change her into a horse.
 In a more somber note Pasolini explores the violent core of bourgeoisie life where the young apprentice Lorenzo is murdered by his lover Elizabetta’s brothers because Lorenzo is not socially fit to join Elizabetta’s upwardly noble class. Neither can we ever forget the tale of the beautiful young lovers who are caught with their pants down by the girl’s parents, but instead of murdering the boy, the parents are delighted that their daughter will be marrying the son of a wealthy and influential family.  The way the nuns, the priests the bourgeoisie for example live out their sexual dimensions, or the adultery , the pure appetite , trickery self-made law and the acknowledgement of an age where sex is marketed and commercialized contribute to render it the movie more obscene lacking in any ideological commitment Its common offensive sentiments of pudeur condemning the Church and bourgeoisie for its libertine and obscene and horrendous transgressions lacking respect for what is Holy or lawful has Pasolini arrested be charged both by the for pornography and offensive religious and moral point of view
 (Pasolini also loved to flaunter his homosexuality and following the release of his film “Oedipus Rex” the director’s response to a reporter question as to whether he ever wanted to sleep with his own mother was “No…but perhaps, sometimes with my brother.”.
In his own personal version of the Decameron Pasolini more then wanting to expose the Church for its wrong doing and the bourgeoisie for lack of moral and ethical values he has wanted to propose and exalt sexuality, the corporality and sexual virtue  of the common man and the popular class .  And while Boccaccio has wanted to write a story of historical optimism and the wonderful innovation that exploded with the  revolution and birth of the bourgeoise, the new era of reason  Pasolini  has wanted to exalt the joy of sex the joy of living thus all the nine tales are “licentious” and the eroticism truly  captivating and shocking.. Peronella for instance allows herself to be sexually gratified by her lover while she persuades her stupid husband to climb into a barrel and clean its interior . Caterina  with the excuse of the hot weather sleeps on top of the roof so that her lover can join her and thus taking tender care of her (usignolo)  of boyfriend.Pasolini’s sexual relationships in the movie do not omit his own tormented sexual relationships and experiences thus offering a personal and original dimension.
Pasolini in 1975 was murdered by a 17 year old hustler known as the Frog. After beating him up, Pino finished him off by driving an Alfa Romeo over him.
 
 


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