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Decameron Nights

The producer follows the pattern of the Boccaccio tales, with backgrounds filmed mainly on location in Spain. He has taken three of the yarns and provided a continuity link with scenes of Fiametta and her ladies at the court where the stories are re-told. The Main Story is really an introductory excerpt, which opens with Boccaccio on the run from the rebel army, and taking refuge at the court of Fiametta, on the understanding that he does not make love to any of the women there.

Cast:
Joan Fontaine Louis Jourdan Binnie Barnes Joan Collins Godfrey Tearle Noel Purcell

The producer follows the pattern of the Boccaccio tales, with backgrounds filmed mainly on location in Spain. He has taken three of the yarns and provided a continuity link with scenes of Fiametta and her ladies at the court where the stories are re-told. The Main Story is really an introductory excerpt, which opens with Boccaccio on the run from the rebel army, and taking refuge at the court of Fiametta, on the understanding that he does not make love to any of the women there.

From there it switches into the first of the three vignettes, Paganino the Pirate. A comely young wife, kidnapped by pirates, refuses to recognize her elderly husband when he arrives with the ransom money, preferring her young and ardent capturer.

The second tale, Wager for Virtue, describes what happens when a husband is tricked into believing his wife has been unfaithful.

In the third story, The Doctor’s Daughter, a young female doctor having saved the life of the king, asks for the hand in marriage of a royal courtier. He reluctantly agrees but leaves her at the church door.

Joan Fontaine and Louis Jordan make an attractive and intelligent team. They translate effectively the richness of the Boccaccio tales into screen terms.

Decameron Nights

UK

Production: Film Locations. Director Hugo Fregonese; Producer Mike Frankovich; Screenplay George Oppenheimer; Camera Guy Green; Editor Russell Lloyd; Music Anthony Hopkins; Art Director Tom Morahan

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1953. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: Joan Fontaine Louis Jourdan Binnie Barnes Joan Collins Godfrey Tearle Noel Purcell

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