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The Canterbury Tales (1972) Poster

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Pier Paolo Pasolini later disowned his Trilogy of Life who felt their commercial success betrayed his artistic vision.
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This adaptation covers only 8 of the 24 Canterbury Tales.
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The second film in director Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Trilogy of Life", following The Decameron (1971) and concluding with Arabian Nights (1974).
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Tom Baker's voice was not dubbed over by another actor and kept his own voice.
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The line spoken by the angel in the last segment, "Vuolsi così colà dove si puote ciò che si vuole e più non dimandare" ("'It's will'd, where will and power are one. Ask thou no more"), is a quotation from Dante Alighieri's Inferno.
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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.
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Remarkably, this is the only major cinematic take on Geoffrey Chaucer's classic tales.
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Due to the explicit nature of much of the film's content, it was banned in many countries for many years.
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Producer Alberto Grimaldi, cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli and composer Ennio Morricone all previously worked together on Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).
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