Since we’ve been sheltering in place for the last two weeks or so, I felt like a lighthearted plague movie might be in order. And fortunately for me, Virgin Territory (2008) was available streaming on Tubi for free. We’ve seen stills from this film throughout the years, some even cropping up in various Snark Week memes, but I’ve never actually bothered to watch the film. All I really knew going in was that it was somehow or another very loosely based on Boccaccio’s Decameron, and the costumes looked wacky.
So, now that I’ve watched it, I can say the following:
1) It bears only the barest passing resemblance to Decameron, insofar as a bunch of young Florentines escape to the countryside during the plague, but that’s about where the similarities end. It’s more in keeping with Porky’s than anything else. And that’s not exactly a bad thing … Except for the part with the cow … That was definitely a bad thing.
Anyway. What I’m saying is just don’t go into the film thinking you’re going to get high art.
2) The costumes are indeed wacky, but the ones worn by the main female characters are actually quite beautiful. The costumes were designed by Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, and so you’re only going to get a passing nod to the 15th century, in the same way the plot is basically a passing nod to Boccaccio. This black number, honestly, is straight up gorgeous.
Overall, though, it’s watching a bunch of pretty people hump while wearing questionably period clothes in a gorgeous Tuscan location. If you’re expecting anything better than that, you probably shouldn’t watch this movie.
I don’t want to shit on the film that much, because honestly, it’s not intended to be anything more than fantasy. It had it’s pleasing moments, but I doubt I would watch it again.
Did you see Virgin Territory? Tell us what you thought in the comments!
Hooray for Tubi! Thanks to them, I’ve been binge-watching Bitchin’ Kitchen (if you haven’t seen it, it’s hilarious). I think I might check this one out, if only for the flying penises. :)
Plagueish “Flesh and Blood” 80s pic with Rutgar Hauer. Have you ever reviewed it? From what I remember it was some what raw but a costume pic.
My favorite Rutger Hauer film. I’d love to see a review.
The first and only time I watched this, it was for Hayden Christensen, and I do not regret that choice. I could relate to those very inaccurate nuns.
Although there’s the contractual leather pants, the production team is in breach of contract for not having:1) men wearing boots indoors; 2) lack of Renaissance-esque head necklaces; 3) the obligatory Mary Sue character …..
Some of those breasts looked painfully bent, which can’t be a turn-on to the average person.
Thank you for sparking some memories. I lived in Italy in the 1970s and raunchy Decameron movies were all the rage. I learned the best Italian from those movies. The movies had about as much to do with the Decameron as this movie does.
This Movie was actually shot in the Lazio region, mainly in the Palazzo Farnese of Caprarola and the gorgeous woods near the Bracciano Castle (the same castle where Tom Cruise infamously married Katie Holmes).
Very frequently, the so- called “Tuscia” portion of Lazio is used as Tuscany in international productions: it happened with “the Medici” “The Borgias”(EU Version),A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999 film) and many, many more.
Us- Anglophone folks are pretty obsessed with Tuscany, but while that region is very beautiful, some of the finest renaissence wonders can be found in Lazio: Lucrezia Borgia’s Villa d’Este, the famous Parco dei mostri di Bomarzo, Villa Lante and more.
At least the swordplay was fun, as was the “painter of bums’.