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The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

A Feature film by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Release in France : 29/11/1972


    Based on the medieval narrative poem The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. It is the second film in Pasolini's 'Trilogy of Life'. The adaptation covers eight of the 24 tales and contains abundant nudity, sex, and slapstick humor. Many of these scenes are present or at least alluded to in the original as well, but some are Pasolini's own additions. The film sometimes diverges from Chaucer. For example, The Friar's Tale is significantly expanded upon: where the Friar leads in with a general account of the archdeacon's severity and the summoner's corruption, Pasolini illustrates this with a specific incident which has no parallel in Chaucer. Two men are caught in an inn bedroom committing buggery. One is able to bribe his way out of trouble, but the other, poorer man is less fortunate: he is tried and convicted of sodomy—it doesn't occur to the judge that such an act cannot be committed by one person alone—and is sentenced to death. As a foretaste of Hell, he is burned alive inside an iron cage ("roasted on a griddle" in the words of one spectator) while vendors sell beer and various baked and roasted foods to the spectators.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

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    Les Artistes Associés

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Carlotta Films

    Foreign production company :

    Produzioni Europee Associati (PEA)

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    Les Artistes Associés

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    Full credits (10)

    Assistant Director :

    Sergio Citti

    Screenwriter :

    Pier Paolo Pasolini

    Director of Photography :

    Tonino Delli Colli

    Editor :

    Nino Baragli

    Music Composer :

    Ennio Morricone

    Author of original work :

    Geoffrey Chaucer

    Foreign Producer :

    Alberto Grimaldi

    Camera Operator :

    Carlo Tafani

    Production Designer :

    Dante Ferretti

    Costume designer :

    Danilo Donati

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Comedy, Anthology film

    Production language :

    Italian, English

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy

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    Runtime :

    1 h 58 min

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    Posters (2)


    Festival Selections

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1972

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1972)


    Official Competition