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Canterbury Tales (The)

Italy, Italian, 112 mins

Original Title

I Racconti Di Canterbury
  • Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Writer: Geoffrey Chaucer; Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Producer: Alberto Grimaldi

CGiii Comment

It is Pasolini - therefore, you can expect lush, colourful sequences with atrocious acting, gratuitous nudity, and bad dubbing.

If this is your thing....then, you won't be disappointed.

There are 8 tales - as loosely based on Chaucer's work as an adaption can possibly be.

There are some well-known English-speaking actors, in bizarre parts, speaking Italian - strange.

No-one shines in this monstrosity.

Pasolini did not push boundaries - he simply fed his ego and, really, it is just too much to swallow.

Cast & Characters

Hugh Griffith as Sir January;
Laura Betti as The Wife from Bath;
Ninetto Davoli as Perkin;
Franco Citti as The Devil;
Josephine Chaplin as May;
Alan Webb as Old Man;
Pier Paolo Pasolini as Geoffrey Chaucer;
J.P. Van Dyne as The Cook;
Vernon Dobtcheff as The Franklin;
Adrian Street as Fighter;
O.T. as Chief Witch-Hunter;
Derek Deadman as The Pardoner;
Nicholas Smith as Friar;
George Bethell Datch as Host of the Tabard;
Dan Thomas as Nicholas

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