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Trilogy of Life [Criterion Collection] [3 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Release Date:11/13/2012
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This box set compiles three Pier Paolo Pasolini films from the early 1970s, that challenged audiences to question a variety of cultural attitudes and religious traditions. Included are his adaptations of The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, and Arabian Nights.


New digital restorations of all three films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks

New visual essays by film scholars Patrick Rumble and Tony Rayns on The Decameron and Arabian Nights, respectively

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 (2005), a documentary by Robert Chiese about a lost sequence from The Decameron

Pasolini and the Secret Humiliation of Chaucer (2006), a documentary by Chiesi about The Canterbury Tales

Via Pasolini (2005), a documentary featuring archival footage of Pasolini discussing his views on language, film and modern society

Pasolini and the Form of the City (1974), a documentary by Pasolini and Paolo Brunatto about the Italian cities of Orte and Sabaudia

Deleted scenes from Arabian Nights

Pasolini-approved English-dubbed track for The Canterbury Tales


New english subtitle translations

Plus: a booklet 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 fron the set of Arabian Nights by critic Gideon Bachmann