Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1971
Pasolini’s “Trilogy of Life” is a celebration of being human, and The Decameron captures the trilogy at its most vibrant. Indulgent, childish, and stuffed with absurdity, this mid-career masterpiece shows Pasolini’s love for those who live life with a reckless abandon. With cinematography that bounces between poverty and stunning opulence, the film is a great reminder of the treasures of life that we can’t experience while trapped indoors.
[Fun fact: this movie was so popular in Italy that it spawned a series of knock-off pornography “sequels” that Pasolini was deeply embarrassed of. If that doesn’t get you to watch it, I don’t know what will!]