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    The Italian "decamerotici" films

    Is anybody else here a fan of this 70's Italian genre? It has been very poorly served I think as far as legitimate DVD releases. There was "Ubalda, All Naked and Warm" a few years back and, of course, Pasolini's original "The Decameron" which sparked the whole thing, but is much more of an art film compared to the rest. Mya Communications was also promising (or threatening) to release Joe D"Amato's "The Last Decameron" but never did.

    There are fairly decent bootlegs of "1,001 Arabian Nights" (which despite the title definitely is a decamerotici) and "Bella Antonia" (with Edwige Fenech). I'd also recommend "Decameron 2", "Ribald Tales of the Decameron", and "Fiorina, la Vaca", but they're either in Italian or booted off old Greek videotapes. There's also one I ran across called "First Tango in Rome" (which has Rosalba Neri AND Erica Blanc in it), but that hasn't been released legitimately OR in English.

    Keir La-Janisse has an interesting article on these in the new FAB "Flesh and Blood" book, so maybe somebody somewhere will take heed. . .

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    Re: The Italian "decamerotici" films

    Yeah, I wish I could see more of these. All I've seen is UBALDA, which I quite liked (saw it at the Cinematheque Francais on 35mm (!) as well as via the NoShame DVD, the last one of which I managed to scoop up from Diabolik as it went OOP), and of course the original, Pasolini's DECAMERON (which I also saw in 35mm in France, actually, along with owning on MGM's now OOP DVD). It seems a little unfair to class this one in with the rest, as they're all sort of low-brow rip-offs of an ostensibly high-brow film (though Pasolini was definitely shooting for the lowbrow as well). However, it's true that this genre has been unfairly maligned in English, and I really did want to see that release of LAST DECAMERON, as all that seems to be currently available with any ease to English speakers is UBALDA (which is probably the least DECAMERONy of them all).

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    DECAMERON 2 stars Camille Keaton and was made around the same time she did her other Italian films like TRAGIC CEREMONY and WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO SOLANGE? I found an excellent quality Italian language VHS of it back in the 80's that I gave to Camille (after watching it a couple of times!)

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    Re: The Italian "decamerotici" films

    That's the one where she'a a naive girl a priest tricks into letting him put his "devil" into her "hell", but then he gets his comeuppance because she wants "to put the devil in hell" 24 hours a day (believe it or not that is a story right out of "The Decameron"). I have an English-language dub of that which is definitely NOT quality. That's the problem with most of those--you have to choose between English or quality (if you're even lucky enough to get either).

    I'm glad you got Camille a copy of some of her obscure European work ("Madeline, Study of a Nightmare" is another, uh, interesting one). I'm always surprised by how many actors don't have copies of their own films. My uncle is good friends with Lowell Brown ("High School Caesaer") and some years back (when it was still unavailable) I found him a copy of "Girl in Lover's Lane" . . .

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    When I first met her in the 80's, Camille didn't have video copies of any of her European films. She did have a 35mm print of WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE sitting in two big film cans in her apartment but said she had never had it projected.

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