New Release: Boccaccio ’70 Blu-ray

Release Date: Oct. 11, 2011
Price: Blu-ray $34.95
Studio: Kino

Boccaccio '70

Anita Ekberg is all smiles in Boccaccio '70.

Four legendary Italian filmmakers direct some of Europe’s biggest stars in the landmark 1962 anthology comedy-drama film Boccaccio’70.

Mario Monicelli (Big Deal on Madonna Street), Federico Fellini (The Clowns), Luchino Visconti (Senso) and Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine) direct Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider and many others through a quartet of titillating stories filled with unabashed eros. Modeled on Boccaccio’s Decameron, the four movies are comic moral tales about the hypocrisies surrounding sex in 1960s Italy.

Monicelli’s “Renzo e Luciana” (cut out of the original American release of the film) is a tale of young love and office politics in the big city. Fellini’s notorious “Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio” features Ekberg as a busty model in a milk advertisement whose image begins to haunt an aging prude. Visconti’s “Il Lavoro” stars Romy Schneider as a trophy wife enduring her husband’s very public affairs, and De Sica’s “La Riffa” raffles off a night with Sophia Loren to a lucky ticket holder during a small town fair.

Boccaccio ’70 also is available as a standard-definition release in Kino’s Great Italian Directors Collection DVD, a three-film set that also features Monicelli’s Casanova ’70 and Story of a Love Affair by Michelangelo Antonioni (I Vinti). The set’s debut is the same day as the Boccaccio ’70 Blu-ray.

The Blu-ray version of Boccaccio ’70 was previously released as part of Kino’s Sophia Loren Award Collection Blu-ray, which also includes Sunflower, Marriage Italian Style and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.