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The Canterbury Tales (1972)

I racconti di Canterbury (original title)
Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

Writers:

Pier Paolo Pasolini (screenplay), Geoffrey Chaucer (book) (as G. Chaucer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Griffith ... Sir January (segment the Merchant's Tale)
Laura Betti ... The Wife from Bath
Ninetto Davoli ... Perkin
Franco Citti ... The Devil
Josephine Chaplin ... May (segment the Merchant's Tale)
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Old Man (segment the Pardoner's Tale)
Pier Paolo Pasolini ... Geoffrey Chaucer (Wraparound Segment)
J.P. Van Dyne J.P. Van Dyne ... The Cook (Wraparound Segment)
Vernon Dobtcheff ... The Franklin (Wraparound Segment)
Adrian Street Adrian Street ... Fighter (Wraparound Segment)
Orla Pederson Orla Pederson ... Pilgrim (Wraparound Segment) (as OT)
Derek Deadman Derek Deadman ... The Pardoner (Wraparound Segment) (as Derek Deadmin)
Nicholas Smith ... Friar (Wraparound Segment)
George Bethell Datch George Bethell Datch ... Host of the Tabard (Wraparound Segment) (as George B. Datch)
Dan Thomas ... Nicholas (segment the Miller's Tale)
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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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Comedy | Drama | History

Certificate:

NC-17 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

30 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

Some of the women have tan-lines from bikinis. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC with edits to anal sex shots, a man being whipped, and Rufus urinating on the crowd during the 'Pardoner's Tale' segment for an 'X' certificate. The cuts were fully restored in 2001 and the certificate downgraded to a '15'. See more »

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Ever-fresh Pasolini comedy of ethics
14 October 2004 | by KGB-Greece-PatrasSee all my reviews

This, even though it lacks a bit the wit and spirit of IL DECAMERON, which was funnier, it still manages to satisfy as you reach the end. Pasolini's perverted humor as well as some of his usual actors are here. There's full nudity, both male and female. Maybe here the erotic element is more intense so its less humorous, I am not sure. I suppose it will satisfy those who like Pasolini's humour like, say, IL DECAMERON.

The copy I saw had awful dubbing - Italian language- maybe it's bad sychronisation, or something else...

As far as I am concerned it is worth it alone for this special, absurd, perverted, surrealistic last scene, taking place in hell. It rulez! Some others scenes are awesome too! And of course there'e Pasolini evident dislike of church/religious dogmas.

If you're not easily offended and like old films, specially European ones, give it a try, IL DECAMERON as well.


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