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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WONDROUS BOCCACCIO (MARAVIGLIOSO BOCCACCIO)

A Tribeca Film Festival 2015 Selection

By D.E. Levine

Written by legendary brothers Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviai, this is a period piece set against  14th century black plague stricken Florence.

Based on Boccaccios' 'Decameron', the story revolves around ten young aristocratic women and men who escape to a country estate and spend their days telling stories about life, love, fate and resurrection, in the hopes of taking their minds off the very real sense of their own mortality..

Visually exquisite, the stories are the real ones that emerged from one of Italy's darkest periods in history.  In this film the Taviani focus on 5 of the 100 stories that are in the book which is considered an Italian masterpiece.

During an interview session the Taviani brothers said that since the modern world is currently facing many economic and spiritual plagues, their new Decameron is meant to demonstrate escaping the ailments of society through the power of story telling and love.

However, while the stories told are interesting, they don't really show a parallel between society today and that of the 14th century.