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

X  |   |  Comedy, Drama, History  |  30 May 1980 (USA)
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Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

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Sir January
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Perkin
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May
Alan Webb ...
Old Man
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The Cook
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The Franklin
Adrian Street ...
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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
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Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

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The Wife from Bath: There's nowhere in the Gospels that says we ought to stay virgins. Anyway, tell me, what were the genital organs made for at the creation? Not to lie dormant I suppose. And nobody's going to tell me they were just put there to piss through. Mark you, I use it for that as well. And every man must serve his wife in wedlock...
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Hilarious, shrewd, very funny
15 July 2003 | by (Tel-Aviv, Israel) – See all my reviews

This is a remarkable film. One usually remembers Chaucer's Canterbury Tales as difficult, religious old English burden of school, but Pasolini was smart enough to concentrate on the humor, which travels from rude slapstick (hot iron poker shoved up the villain's behind) to merciless show of greed and it's consequences. Only after the film did I take a fresh look at Canterbury Tales and lo! it was there all along... but it required Pasolini to lay it \bare, for everyone to see.


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