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Boccaccio '70 (Remastered Edition) (1962)

Anita Ekberg , Sophia Loren , Federico Fellini , Luchino Visconti  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Anita Ekberg, Sophia Loren, Romy Schneider, Marisa Solinas, Germano Gilioli
  • Directors: Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Mario Monicelli, Vittorio De Sica
  • Writers: Federico Fellini, Brunello Rondi, Cesare Zavattini, Ennio Flaiano
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: NoShame Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 205 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00080OB9I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Boccaccio '70 (Remastered Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Extensive poster and still gallery, including photos from backstage and the U.S. premiere of the movie
  • Original U.S. theatrical trailer
  • Original Italian theatrical trailer
  • Archival footage
  • Original U.S. main titles
  • Collectible booklet with liner notes and reprint of the rare original U.S. press book

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Four complete segments, each directed by a master filmmaker and starring an extraordinary cast of international stars: "Renzo & Luciana", directed by Mario Monicelli (BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET) was cut to shorten the film for its international release and it's shown here for the first time ever in America. "The Temptation of Doctor Antonio" directed by Federico Fellini (LA DOLCE VITA, 8 1/2) and starring Anita Ekberg (LA DOLCE VITA), enlighten by a dreamy humoristic touch, it's considered by many to be the best Fellini's work ever! "The Job", directed by Luchino Visconti (THE LOEPARD, ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS) stars Romy Schneider (WHAT'S NEW, PUSSYCAT) and future genre icon Tomas Milian (TRAFFIC, ALMOST HUMAN). A witty contemplation of marriage with an attention to details was the trademark of the Visconti's incomparable style. Finally, "The Raffle", an earthy comic romp directed by Vittorio De Sica (THE BICYCLE THIEF, TWO WOMEN) and starring Sophia Loren (YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW, TWO WOMEN) as a woman who causes all sorts of problems for herself when she offers her favors as the prize in a lottery.

BOCCACCIO '70 is presented in a widescreen anamorphic digital transfer, loaded with never seen before extras, including a rare behind-the-scene archival footage

A summit meeting of great Italian directors of the era, Boccaccio '70 is an antipasto platter of vintage sex symbols and naughty material. Cooked up and bankrolled by Carlo Ponti and American producer Joseph E. Levine, the four-part film was meant to tap the international smash of Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, which gave audiences some refreshingly, you know, "mature" subject matter. Four directors were hired to create segments ostensibly based on the tales of Boccaccio: Fellini himself (in the lull between La Dolce Vita and 8-1/2), Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica, and Mario Monicelli.

Monicelli's story, Renzo and Luciana, is an agreeable tale, full of everyday Roman life: an office worker (Marisa Solinas) must marry her boyfriend when she gets pregnant--although marriage is against company rules. Fellini's segment, The Temptation of Dr. Antonio, is fantastical and big-scaled. It tells of a censorious bluenose (Peppino de Filippo) who becomes incensed at the presence of a billboard featuring a sexy portrait of Anita Ekberg (selling milk)--a portrait that comes to life. For this bizarre escapade, Nino Rota composed an advertising jingle that will stick in your mind whether you want it to or not.

Visconti's The Job is the best segment, tracking the emotional chess game between a playboy (Thomas Milian) and his wife (Romy Schneider at her most gorgeous) after he is publicly exposed in a sex scandal. Finally, the De Sica piece (The Raffle) is a fairly broad romp that uses Sophia Loren as the reward in a raffle. Sophia's delicious, needless to say.

The finished product weighed in at a whopping 208 minutes, and Monicelli's segment was lopped off before the film showed at the Cannes Film Festival. It has never been restored, until this DVD release. All the segments are frankly too long, and none qualifies as an essential gem, but they do give the flavor of Italy's best at an especially exciting cinematic moment. --Robert Horton

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Sexy, fun and daring! "Boccacio '70' is a an enjoyable anthology about love in the style of Boccacio featuring the works of four renown Italian filmmakers.

In 1962, the anthology film "Boccaccio '70' was released. Featuring an idea by Italian screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (one of the proponents of the Neorealist movement in Italian cinema), the film would focus on the style of Boccaccio, the work of 1300's Italian author and poet Giovanni Boccaccio.

In Italy, the film would feature four stories directed by Mario Monicelli ("Casanova 70', "The Organizer", "Caro Michele", "A Tailor's Maid"), Federico Fellini ("8 1/2', "La Dolce Vita", "Juliet of the Spirits", "I Vitelloni"), Luchino Visconti ("Rocco and His Brothers", "The Leopard", "Death in Venice", "La Terra Trema") and Vittorio De Sica ("Bicycle Thieves", "Umberto D.", "Marriage Italian Style").

While the Italian version featured all four stories, producer Carlos Ponti decided to make it a trilogy due to its 3 hour+ duration and decided to cut out Mario Monicelli's story for its worldwide release. So, for its Cannes Film Festival premiere, in support of Monicelli, the other three directors did not go to Cannes premiere.

So, while the world is familiar with the trilogy of films in "Boccaccio '70', for the Blu-ray release of this Italian anthology classic, all four films are presented.


"Boccaccio '70' is a film that probably will not look any better than what we see on this Blu-ray. While not a pristine print, the film does look its age but where it probably looks better than any of its previous counterparts is how well the film does look during the daylight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Anita Eckberg, Romy Schneider and Sophie Loren! September 15, 2007
Bocaccio 70 is a set of four vignettes (The U:S version included an additional work directed by Mario Monicelli), although I don' t know this chapter; I will comment you the works I know.

" The bet" is a demolishing, incisive and merciless of a decaying marriage, when the husband of a very rich wealthy and alluring woman (the exquisite and unforgettable Romy Schneider) in a role that fits for her to perfection. She personifies the woman of the sixties at the eve of the feminine liberation, and so did she when she notices has been cheated by his husband and so she will take her own and brutal revenge. This is by far, the most mature of the three portraits, with that exquisiteness so typical of Luchino Visconti.

"The temptation of Saint Anthony" is a cynical and mundane parable; a demolishing satire about the Freudian man, who suffers in his own flesh all the sins of the world, product of the voluptuousness emanated from Anita Eckberg in a huge poster with a suggestive semiotic lexicon. That portrait will become for him a true set of bad dreams, but the way in which is told a this acidic surrealistic and mordacious story is so brilliant that the rest of the plot runs for you.

Finally, "The raffle" is perhaps the less relevant and banal of the previous two. It has to do with the times and livings of woman in search of love in the middle of a raffle (a sharp metaphor of life), but the script is extremely weak to hold the previous entries of FEFE and Visconti.

Fortunately the first two justify plainly your purchase. A cult movie to enjoy over and over, due the pristine elegance and mordacity that have resisted the test of time.

Highly recommended!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Fellini segment, stupid! July 21, 2005
5 stars because of the fantastic Fellini at his best-incomparable-Anita Ekberg-extravaganza! 3 stars to de Sica for lovely yet minor Sofia romp. 2 stars to theatrical budoir boredom of Visconti who can't find proper filter for his camera. 2 stars for Monicelli: was this a futuristic tale? 1 star to rather drab DVD package with hardly any meat on it (stills + thirty seconds of some black and white Sofia newsreel footage from 196?...nothing else!)

Overall: 5 stars because Il Maestro overwhelms every single fact I suggest that you first watch disc 2 (Visconti/de Sica combo) and then go to disc 1 (Monicelli/Fellini)...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 is lucky, four stories, not quite May 8, 2008
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Renzo and Luciana was cut and we could've done better without it in Italian language only. It's a very long and talky story of a couple living together before marriage and the conflicts it creates with the girl's parents and her boss where she works. Almost a docudrama. Two stars.
The Temptation of Dr. Antonio: Always my favorite satire on censorship from director Fellini about a prude's ambition to ban a milk billboard has great fantasy sequences with Anita Ekberg. Four Stars.
The Job: A wealthy man has his affair with a hooker exposed by the media to his wife. She wants the job, too. The most cynical segment of the film. Three stars. The Raffle: By far the best of the four stories when Sophia Loren becomes the prize for a timid man who wins the lottery. It makes me laugh every time, even 30 years later. Four stars. There aren't many extras added to the discs, and they are mostly about The Raffle. You do have your choice of English or Italian for three of the stories.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't blame Boccaccio
Never begins to fulfill the promise of so much talent.
Published 1 month ago by questrel1
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't rate it...
This is not even on my watch list. So, I haven't watched and don't know why I'm being asked to rate it.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Van Horn
3.0 out of 5 stars older italian short films, ponte, felini, etc. like the first best.
some stories are better than others.
Published 2 months ago by CILA
3.0 out of 5 stars Boccaccio '70 [HD]
Not that good. Boccaccio '70 [HD] Boccaccio '70 [HD] poor acting not up to par I only looked at part of
Published 5 months ago by robert Nagle
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for me.
Missed something on the reviews. Not what I expected. This was not well done from what I saw. Try another
Published 6 months ago by Paul A Geertsen
3.0 out of 5 stars the best of the quartet was last and the worst was first
When I saw the original film there wer three of the Decamaron stories,,in the video there are four and actually they start with the worst and progress to the best ,,,nice... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard Turnley
5.0 out of 5 stars Those were really divas..
It's so nice to see again those beautiful women that were also good actresses. Any teenager's dream.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by F. R. Femenia
4.0 out of 5 stars Four short Italian comedies from the 70s
I read Bocaccio's Decameron (spelling?) way back when I was in college and enjoyed its earthy story telling. The same spirit is behind these four short films. Read more
Published 8 months ago by James Dykstra
3.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles in english
Over three hours of duration. Audio in english with italian actors. Good quality of video and audio. It tell four histories of the italian people in the 60 era. . Read more
Published 9 months ago by Boricua
2.0 out of 5 stars File Under Movie History c. 1970.
A period piece, this movie is extremely dated despite the directors who have been considered the best of their generation. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MATZ
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