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30 May 1980 (USA) See more »
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Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hugh Griffith ... Sir January
Laura Betti ... The Wife from Bath

Ninetto Davoli ... Perkin

Franco Citti ... The Devil
Josephine Chaplin ... May
Alan Webb ... Old Man

Pier Paolo Pasolini ... Geoffrey Chaucer
J.P. Van Dyne ... The Cook

Vernon Dobtcheff ... 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
Michael Balfour ... John the carpenter
Jenny Runacre ... Alison
Peter Cain ... Absalom
Daniele Buckler ... Witch Hunter (as Daniel Buckler)
John Francis Lane ... Greedy friar
Settimo Castagna ... Angel (as Settimio Castagna)
Athol Coats ... Rich homosexual
Judy Stewart-Murray ... Alice

Tom Baker ... Jenkin
Oscar Fochetti ... Damian
Willoughby Goddard ... Placebo
Peter Stephens ... Justinus
Giuseppe Arrigio ... Pluto (as Giuseppe Arrigo)
Elisabetta Genovese ... Prosperine
Gordon King ... Chancellor
Patrick Duffett ... Alan
Eamann Howell ... John
Tiziano Longo ... Simkin the miller (as Albert King)
Eileen King ... Simkin's wife
Heather Johnson ... Molly

Robin Askwith ... Rufus (as Robin Asquith)
Martin Whelar ... Jack the Justice
John McLaren ... Johnny the Grace
Edward Monteith ... Dick the Sparrow
Kervin Breen
Franca Sciutto
Vittorio Fanfoni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonard S. Brooks ... Businessman (uncredited)
Stephen Calcutt ... The Groom (uncredited)

Philip Davis ... 2nd homosexual lover (uncredited)
Charles De la Tour ... Inn-keeper (uncredited)
Francis De Wolff ... The Bride's father (uncredited)
Michael Derrek ... Robin (uncredited)
Andrew Dymock ... Bill (uncredited)
V. Edwards ... The Old Woman (uncredited)
Dorothy Everall ... Perkin's mother (uncredited)
Diana Fisher ... The Bride (uncredited)
Chris Greener ... Sir Elephant (uncredited)
David Hatton ... Poor homosexual (uncredited)
Judo Al Hayes ... Fighter (uncredited)
Terry Hooper ... L'allodoliere (uncredited)
Robert Brook Howard ... Vicar of the Monestary (uncredited)
Karl Howman ... 1st homosexual lover (uncredited)
Richard Hughes ... Administrator (uncredited)
Laurie Inch ... Mary (uncredited)
Charlotte Kell ... The Prioress (uncredited)
Pinky Martin ... The Nun (uncredited)
Alan McConnell ... Master Gervaso (uncredited)
Norman McGlen ... Perkin's father (uncredited)
Peter McGregor ... The Merchant (uncredited)
Hugh McKenzie-Bailey ... Thomas (uncredited)
Roderick McLeod ... Knight's Attendant (uncredited)
Anthony Moore ... The Spy (uncredited)
Ken Muggleston ... Doctor (uncredited)
Patrick Newell ... Prior (uncredited)
Ray Parks ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Martin Philips ... Martin (uncredited)
Selwyn Roberts ... The Knight (uncredited)
Anita Sanders ... Thomas' wife (uncredited)
Mary Stuart ... Priest (uncredited)
Reg Stuart ... 4th Husband (uncredited)
Steve Whitton ... Youth Without Name (uncredited)

Directed by
Pier Paolo Pasolini 
 
Writing credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini (screenplay)

Geoffrey Chaucer (book of short stories: The Canterbury Tales) (as G. Chaucer)

Produced by
Alberto Grimaldi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone  (as Mº Ennio Morricone)
 
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli 
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
 
Set Decoration by
Ken Muggleston 
 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
 
Makeup Department
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... key hair stylist
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... wig maker
Otello Sisi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ennio Onorati .... production manager
Alessandro von Norman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Umberto Angelucci .... assistant director
Sergio Citti .... assistant director
Peter Shepherd .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Carlo Agati .... assistant designer
 
Sound Department
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixer
Luciano Muratori .... boom operator
Primiano Muratori .... sound engineer
Primimiano Muratori .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Luciano Anzellotti .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mimmo Cattarinich .... still photographer
Maurizio Lucchini .... assistant camera
Claudio Sabatini .... assistant camera
Carlo Tafani .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vanni Castellani .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Bearman .... colorist
Anita Cacciolati .... assistant editor
Ugo De Rossi .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... music advisor (as Mº Ennio Morricone)
Pier Paolo Pasolini .... music supervisor (as P.P. Pasolini)
 
Other crew
Beatrice Banfi .... secretary
Adriano Magistretti .... English production coordinator
Anthony Moore .... production coordinator: UK
Ken Muggleston .... interior designer
Peter Shepherd .... assistant to director
Franca Tasso .... production secretary
Marco Bellocchio .... voice dubbing: John Francis Lane (uncredited)
Eduardo De Filippo .... voice dubbing: Alan Webb (uncredited)
Francesco Leonetti .... voice dubbing: George Bethell Datch (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"I racconti di Canterbury" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:112 min | USA:109 min (cut) | Italy:112 min | West Germany:140 min (Berlin Film Festival) (premiere) | France:118 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (DVD rating) (2004) | Finland:K-15 (cinema release) (1973) | France:18 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1988) | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:R18 | New Zealand:R16 (re-rating) (2002) | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) (uncut) (2001) | USA:X (original rating) | USA:NC-17 (re-rating) (1991) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The second film in director Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Trilogy of Life", following The Decameron (1971) and concluding with Arabian Nights (1974).See more »
Quotes:
Angel:Hey Satan! Lift up your tail and show us where you keep the friars in hell!See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Circus (1928)See more »

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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Eight tales about love and death., 28 September 2004
Author: rathunter from Prague

This movie is second of Pasolini's so called 'Trilogy of Love' (Il Decameron, I Racconti di Canterbury, Il fiore di mille e una notte; 1970-1974). All these movies are quite specific, there are said not to be that provocative or intriguing. They are greatly influenced by the fact that while directing them Pasolini was contented because of his intimate relationship with the 'innocent barbarian', actor Ninetto Davoli. It is also said that in 'Trilogy of Love' Pasolini became resigned to the present time world by escaping to the past.

However I don't think it's true. In these movies, Pasolini introduces to the audience an incorrupt world where people don't care about 'material aspects of life', they try to live at the full stretch, they seek love and, of course, sex and they do not respect 'the repressive limits imposed by religious and bourgeois morality' (Gino Moliterno). This is probably why Pasolini later declared that these three films were most ideological of his career (in his famous and long interview with Massimo Fini). I suppose Pasolini tried to confront such 'primitive' world with the world he had lived in and which he had hated so much (this confrontation is present all the time, especially by the contrast between the love and the death, by the contrast between the first tales, in which the human naked body dominates, and the last two tales in which pursuit of money causes death and perdition. Because of such end it is also suggested that I Racconti di Canterbury are very close to Pasolini's disillusioned last movie, Saló).

It is common to hear that Chaucer must have rolled over in his grave after this movie was released. But if you try to understand The Canterbury Tales in the context of Chaucer's attitude towards love in his (other) literary works, you will probably find that Chaucer would resemble to Pasolini alias Mr Chaucer ends the film with writing 'Here end the Canterbury Tales, told for the mere pleasure of their telling, Amen'.

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