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The Canterbury Tales

Pier Paolo Pasolini

 
  • Italy
  • 1972
  • 111 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #633

Eight of Geoffrey Chaucer’s lusty tales come to life on-screen in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s gutsy and delirious The Canterbury Tales, which was shot in England and offers a remarkably earthy re-creation of the medieval era. From the story of a nobleman struck blind after marrying a much younger and promiscuous bride to a climactic trip to a hell populated by friars and demons (surely one of the most outrageously conceived and realized sequences ever committed to film), this is an endlessly imaginative work of merry blasphemy, framed by Pasolini’s portrayal of Chaucer himself.

Cast

Sir JanuaryHugh Griffith
Wife of BathLaura Betti
PeterkinNinetto Davoli
DevilFranco Citti
MayJosephine Chaplin
Old manAlan Webb
Geoffrey ChaucerPier Paolo Pasolini
CookJ. P. Van Dyne
FranklinVernon Dobtcheff
FighterAdrian Street
Chief witch-hunterOt
PardonerDerek Deadmin
FriarNicholas Smith
Host of the tabardGoerge B. Datch
MerchantPeter McGregor
DamianOscar Fochetti
InformerTony Moore
Simkin, the millerAlbert King
Simkin’s wifeEileen King
Molly, Simkin’s daughterHeather Johnson
AlanPatrick Duffett
JohnEamann Howell
NicholasDan Thomas
John, the carpenterMichael Balfour
AlisonJenny Runacre
AbsalomPeter Cain
Witch-hunterDaniel Buckler
Greedy friarJohn Francis Lane
AngelSettimo Castagna
Lecherous rich manAthol Coats
AliceJudy Stewart-Murray
JenkinTom Baker

Credits

DirectorPier Paolo Pasolini
Produced byAlberto Grimaldi
Assistant directorsSergio Citti and Umberto Angelucci
ScreenplayPier Paolo Pasolini
Based on the stories ofGeoffrey Chaucer
Director of photographyTonino Delli Colli
Supervising editorEnzo Ocone
EditorNino Baragli
Art directorDante Ferretti
CostumesDanilo Donati
Music selections byPier Paolo Pasolini
Music collaboratorEnnio Morricone
ContinuityBeatrice Banfi

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with film scholar Sam Rohdie
  • The Secret Humiliation of Chaucer (2006), a forty-seven-minute documentary by Roberto Chiesi about The Canterbury Tales
  • New interviews with art director Dante Ferretti and composer Ennio Morricone
  • Trailers
  • Pasolini-approved English-dubbed track
  • New English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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The Canterbury Tales: Sex and Death

By Colin MacCabeNovember 13, 2012

Moving to Chaucer’s gray-skied England, Pier Paolo Pasolini pushed his trilogy into darker . . . Read more »

Clippings

Meet Ninetto Davoli

October 25, 2013

We couldn’t resist sharing this Fandor interview with Pier Paolo Pasolini actor Ninetto . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

The Worlds of Dante Ferretti

October 02, 2013


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The Canterbury Tales

Pasolini Speaks

November 14, 2012

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Photo Galleries

Trilogy of Life Packaging

November 14, 2012


Film Essays

Canter_feature_current_thumbnail

The Canterbury Tales: Sex and Death

By Colin MacCabeNovember 13, 2012

Moving to Chaucer’s gray-skied England, Pier Paolo Pasolini pushed his trilogy into darker . . . Read more »

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