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Trilogy Of Life: The Criterion Collection

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Trilogy Of Life: The Criterion Collection

In the early 1970s, the great Italian poet, philosopher, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini brought to the screen a trio of masterpieces of medieval literature - Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron, Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, and The Thousand and One Nights (often known as The Arabian Nights) - and in doing so created his most uninhibited and extravagant work. In this brazen and bawdy triptych, the director set out to challenge modern consumer culture and celebrate the uncorrupted human body, while commenting on contemporary sexual and religious mores and hypocrisies. Filled with scatological humor and a rough-hewn sensuality that leave all modern standards of decency behind, these are carnal, provocative, and wildly entertaining films, all extraordinarily designed by Dante Ferretti and featuring evocative music by Ennio Morricone.

Films Include:

  • The Decameron
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Arabian Nights


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 16 2012
  • Empire SKU 1624446
  • UPC Code 715515099912
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 3
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Visual Essays By Film Scholars Patrick Rumble and Tony Rayns, On The Decameron and Arabian Nights
New Interviews With Production Designer Dante Ferretti, Composer Ennio Morricone, and Film Scholar Sam Rohdie
Introduction To Arabian Nights By Director Pier Paolo Pasolini
The Lost Body Of Alibech, A Documentary By Roberto Chiesi About A Lost Sequence From The Decameron
Pasolini And The Secret Humilitation Of Chaucer
Via Pasolini: Documentary Featuring Archival Footage Of Pasolini Discussing His Views On Language, Film, And Modern Society
Pasolini And the Form Of A City: Documentary by Pasolini And Paolo Burnatto About The Italian Cities Orte and Sabaudia
Deleted Scenes From Arabian Night
Booklets Featuring Essays By Critic Colin MacCabe; Pasolini's 1975 Statement "Trilogy Of Life Rejected"; Excerpts From Pasolini's Berlin Film Festival Press Conference for The Canterbury Tales; and a Report From The Set Of Arabian Nights By Critic Gideon Bachmann


  • Audio
    Italian Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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