MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 250 this week

The Canterbury Tales (1972)
"I racconti di Canterbury" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | History  -  30 May 1980 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 3,811 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 42 critic

Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

Writers:

(screenplay), (book) (as G. Chaucer)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 27 Feb 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 21 Feb 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 16 Jun 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 06 Jul 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 23 Aug 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Canterbury Tales (1972)

The Canterbury Tales (1972) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Canterbury Tales.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Oedipus Rex (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity, where the baby is taken into the desert to be killed. He is ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Silvana Mangano, Franco Citti, Alida Valli
Porcile (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two dramatic stories. In an undetermined past, a young cannibal (who killed his own father) is condemned to be torn to pieces by some wild beasts. In the second story, Julian, the young son... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Pierre Clémenti, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Alberto Lionello
Accattone (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Silvana Corsini
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An old man and his son are walking along the road when they suddenly meet a speaking crow, which represents Marxist beliefs. They are soon moved back 750 years in time, changed into monks ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to a hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle
Mamma Roma (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Mamma Roma is a middle-aged whore of Roma. Now she can quit her job to become a fruit seller. And she can take back her 16-year-old son, Ettore. For him, she dreams of a good position. But ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti
The Decameron (1971)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron".

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this film inspired by the ancient erotic and mysterious tales of the Middle East, the main story concerns an innocent young man who comes to fall in love with a slave who selected him as... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Franco Merli
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An attempt to reconstruct the complete version of Pier Paolo Pasolini's segment of La rabbia (1963).

Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giuseppe Bertolucci
Stars: Giorgio Bassani, Renato Guttuso, Giuseppe Bertolucci
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The capital of Yemen, the city of Sana'a, holds an important part of history within its walls filled with medieval architecture and culture. But that same culture was about to disappear ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The director presents takes and scenes filmed on location in Africa for a film-that-never-was, a black Oresteia.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Gato Barbieri, Donald F. Moye, Marcello Melis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Sir January
Laura Betti ...
...
Perkin
...
Josephine Chaplin ...
May
Alan Webb ...
Old Man
...
J.P. Van Dyne ...
The Cook
...
The Franklin
Adrian Street ...
Fighter
O.T. ...
Chief Witch-Hunter (as OT)
Derek Deadman ...
The Pardoner (as Derek Deadmin)
Nicholas Smith ...
Friar
George Bethell Datch ...
Host of the Tabard (as George B. Datch)
Dan Thomas ...
Nicholas
Edit

Storyline

Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History

Certificate:

X | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

30 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Canterbury Tales  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut) | (premiere)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Remarkably, this is the only major cinematic take on Geoffrey Chaucer's classic tales. See more »

Quotes

Perkin's mother: [singing] Oh, there was a little beggar man that goes from town to town, and wherever he get a job and work he's willing to sit down.
See more »

Connections

References The Circus (1928) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Ever-fresh Pasolini comedy of ethics
14 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This, even though it lacks a bit the wit and spirit of IL DECAMERON, which was funnier, it still manages to satisfy as you reach the end. Pasolini's perverted humor as well as some of his usual actors are here. There's full nudity, both male and female. Maybe here the erotic element is more intense so its less humorous, I am not sure. I suppose it will satisfy those who like Pasolini's humour like, say, IL DECAMERON.

The copy I saw had awful dubbing - Italian language- maybe it's bad sychronisation, or something else...

As far as I am concerned it is worth it alone for this special, absurd, perverted, surrealistic last scene, taking place in hell. It rulez! Some others scenes are awesome too! And of course there'e Pasolini evident dislike of church/religious dogmas.

If you're not easily offended and like old films, specially European ones, give it a try, IL DECAMERON as well.


12 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Canterbury Tales (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?