29 March 2011 | lor_
Excellent stand-alone sequel by Luca Damiano
DECAMERON 2: TALES OF DESIRE is a terrific followup, which stands apart from the first film as a self-contained entity. It was a pleasure finally getting to see it, in belated U.S. DVD release by Pearl Classics (in Italian, unsubtitled). Pearl also issued DECAMERON 3, a short feature which doesn't match up against any original Italian titles by Luca listed in IMDb, and suffers mightily in omitting Sarah Young from its cast.
It's directed by prolific Italian pornographer Luca Damiano, who provides a stylish setting and costumes for the strictly XXX goings-on. Joe D'Amato has been entered as co-director in IMDb, with no substantiation, as usual by one of his idiot fans.
Sarah Young stars as the Queen, with all attending her in court to present their ribald stories. The gimmick is that "the queen is not amused", so that when everybody laughs heartily at the end of each tale, they have to quickly shush themselves, as the Queen remains stern faced.
Especially with no subtitles, I was not amused either at the antics, since the misogynistic stories each ended with an unfunny gag. Luca delivers the sex, but the film is light on the humor that was part & parcel to the cycle of Italian movies set in motion by Pier Paolo Pasolini's original THE DECAMERON over 40 years ago.
What makes this film work, as with its predecessor, is the finale. Final two reels consist of Sarah rewarding Christophe Clark for telling the best tale, so after prepping by her two beautiful handmaidens, he gets to shtup Sarah every which way but loose. They had plenty of practice together in the classic video vignettes shot by her amanuensis Sascha Alexander circa 1992, but this 35mm film shoot displays Young's timeless beauty in a better light. Fans of this performance will enjoy another two-parter she made during this period, starring as Lucrezia Borgia in CASTLE OF LUCRETIA (alternate spelling intentional).
Technical credits are excellent. I hope some enterprising U.S. video company will cough up and release a significant missing Sarah feature in America, NIKITA, a takeoff on LA FEMME NIKITA that was made when the previous Canadian TV series was making waves, but which takes on new relevance with the current Maggie Q edition on the air.