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Trilogy of Life (3-Disc Blu-ray Set)


Pier Paolo Pasolini's trio of literary adaptations, presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK 

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In the early 1970s, the great Italian poet, philosopher, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom) brought to the screen a trio of masterpieces of premodern world 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, which he titled his Trilogy of Life.

In this brazen and bawdy triptych, the director set out to challenge consumer capitalism and celebrate the uncorrupted human body while commenting on contemporary sexual and religious mores and hypocrisies. His scatological humor and rough-hewn sensuality leave all modern standards of decency behind; these are physical, provocative, and wildly entertaining films, all extraordinarily designed by Dante Ferretti (Hugo) and featuring evocative music by Ennio Morricone.

  • Presented in High Definition 
  • Includes both Italian-language and English-language versions of all three films
  • Notes for an African Oresteia (1970, 73 mins): Pasolini’s visual notes for an unrealised film project
  • Pasolini and the Italian Genre Film (2009, 37 mins)
  • Deleted scenes (1974, 21 mins): deleted scenes from Pasolini’s Arabian Nights
  • Original trailers for all three films
  • Fully illustrated booklet with essays, review and biographies 
  • Other extras TBC
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SKU 5035673013588
Catalogue Number BFIB1358
Product contents 3 discs
Year 1971 - 1974
Director Pier Paolo Pasolini
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries Italy
Colour Colour
Subtitles English, English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) Italian
Running time 352 min
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 18
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