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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)
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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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Additional Details

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)
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1.75 : 1 See more »
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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:
The Cook:Between a jest and a joke, many a truth can be told.See more »
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Featured in Bad Girl (2012)See more »

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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
We are nothing but the entertainers of Satan, 4 June 2008
Author: Dr Jacques COULARDEAU from Olliergues, France

We know where we are – in England – with the songs and music, the looks of these people, the way they dress, the way they look, the faces they make and the faces they have, their violent games and the first jest, and the first joke, sets the action in a fighting ring with a red lady dressed in so much crimson sanguine velvet that she looks like a cardinal, the bird of course. And the hats, Lord, or the way they dress their hairs. Holbein, Rembrandt and the Flemish school, and yet their inns cum nunneries cum brothels cum stables and a lot of welcoming remarks are real enclosed farcical and at times lethal bordellos. Most festivities take place in big halls. That's England isn't it, cold and rainy, uncertain and wet, at least as for the climate and the weather. The garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and Pan fingering his pipe is not bad at all, looking like a Stonehenge of well trimmed bush pillars. The most intriguing sequence is that of the homosexuals who are tricked into sex by some agents of the church, but only to be proposed a choice: pay or burn on the griddle. One is rich and goes through. The other is poor and burns. The scene is amplified by the dais and the canopies all around the quadrangle where it happens, by the velvet of the dresses and by the silence, by the kids watching the show, the green lawn of this quadrangle surrounded by Norman or Tudor architecture, the bringing of the faggots by half nude teens before the bringing in of the gay yelling faggot, his being tied on the griddle, the lateness of the priest and his cross and the silence again when the flames finally engulf the man. And all is seen through the eyes of a bun-vendor who does not say a word and roams behind everyone. And it is all calculated by the local bishop with the help of a consenting youth who plays the bait. And the mute witness is later revealed to be the devil enjoying the show set up for him by the good old Christian men and women. And there we start descending into a Flemish vision of Hell. And Hell is on earth with Charlie Chaplin arriving in the picture, accompanied by the traditional music of his mute films on a pipe, the cops, the cheating at the soup distribution, the cane and the bowler hat, the bored bride in a wedding, the monstrous father of the wimp bridegroom that gets creamed with the wedding cake, the strict family but the cheating mother who feeds bad Charlie in the back of the father, even a job shining, or should I say, polishing eggs, playing dice with what Dickens would have called street Arabs, and Shakespeare scoundrels I guess. And he introduces us in his dream of a bawdy paradise on earth, interrupted by two cops who arrest him and put him in a pillory. Add to that the flood. And the red widow strutting across this mess. In England religion has been turned into a business, a sham, a parody, a farce, a social carnival in which a windmill grinds corn without turning its wings, but it does not matter since the miller is a thief. But Chaucer in the film leads us to another inn-brothel of England. And an angel will take you to Hell and you better like devils and Satan and you will discover where all the friars are kept in Hell by Satan himself. You'll drown in a real colic of friars all over the world directly from under the tail of His Lord Satan. Amen for sure.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines

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