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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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Interesting but not Chaucer See more (25 total) »

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)
Aspect Ratio:
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:
As with Pasolini's subsequent film in the trilogy, The Arabian Nights, United Artists released the film domestically through its rarely tapped Aidart subsidiary, in order to distance the company from any controversy.See more »
Quotes:
Angel:Hey Satan! Lift up your tail and show us where you keep the friars in hell!See more »
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Interesting but not Chaucer, 26 February 2006
Author: Shuggy from New Zealand

If you watched this movie in order to get a crib of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, you'd be out of luck, and missing the point. Chaucer's underlying anti-clerical and pro-love-and-life philosophy may be there, but the substance is very different. Pasolini's 14th century England lives and dresses more like 16th Century Italy.

The Miller's Tale is much grimmer when brought to the screen than Chaucer would have intended. "And Nicholas is branded on the bum, And God bring all of us to Kingdom Come" in Coghill's cheerful popular translation, becomes something more like the execution of Edward II. Not just on, but in. And the execution of a sodomite too poor to bribe his way off the griddle seems drawn out just to make a bad joke about the seller of "griddle cakes" (frittelli) plying his trade in the crowd.

He is one of the more than fair share of handsome young men in the film, and there's more than a fair share of closeups of their middle regions, front and back, in tight-fitting breeches (not that I'm complaining).

One feature that is almost entirely absent is any sense of pilgrimage. The storytellers appear only at the beginning and end of the tale. Instead we cut back to Chaucer himself (Pasolini himself, and very handsome he is too), writing the tales at a snail's pace. There are also long (by 2006 standards) tracking shots over indifferent scenery. Yet other scenes jump disconcertingly, the start of one tale used to mark the end of the previous one.

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