As convicted murderers await their executions in a nineteenth-century Roman prison, they bide their time by telling Bawdy Tales (1973). One story involves a duke and a clergyman who desert their lusty lovers in order to be castrated. Another ripping yarn tells of a cuckolded shepherd who makes his wife eat her lover’s testicles as punishment. In all cases, these tales more than live up to their bawdy billing. Co-written by the great Pier Paolo Pasolini, this Italian sex romp plays like The Canterbury Tales crossed with the filmmaker’s own Salo, or The 120 Days in Sodom (1976). Amid all the grotesqueness is a fine bit of eye candy, however--foxy temptress Nicoletta Machiavelli makes the period settings melt away every time she uncovers her lithe, curvy frame.