The Canterbury Tales

1972

Action / Comedy / Drama / History

6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 63%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 5310

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Tom Baker as Jenkin
Philip Davis as 2nd homosexual lover
Hugh Griffith as Sir January
Franco Citti as The Devil
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by rdoyle29 7 / 10

An engaging continuation of Pasolini's trilogy

Pasolini follows up "The Decameron" with this adaptation of several of Chaucer's stories. Like the proceeding film, this is an extremely earthy and bawdy adaptation of the material, celebrating life's pleasures and castigating authoritarian hypocrisy. This film is mildly inferior to "The Decameron", although it's high points, including an extended homage to Chaplin and an amazing vision of hell, are higher.

Reviewed by Red-125 4 / 10

This is a terrible film

The Italian movie I racconti di Canterbury (1972) was shown in the U.S. with the translated title The Canterbury Tales. It was written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, who adapted it for the screen from the original work by Geoffrey Chaucer.

What this movie has in abundance is male and female full frontal nudity. This was a big deal 45 years ago, but it's not noteworthy now. Once you accept the fact that there's endless full frontal nudity, the rest of the film has very little to offer. Chaucer is one of the greatest English language authors. It's hard to believe that an experienced director couldn't make these stories come alive. However, for me, nothing came alive in the entire two hours.

For example, the movie is dubbed, and the dubbing doesn't work. There's no shortage of medieval crowd scenes--pigs, dogs, urchins, beggars, etc., but they are confusing and don't really move the action forward. I have to give credit to Pasolini for using an extraordinary number of extras. (Of course, to a certain extent he saved on costume expenses.) There are also some great shots of Wells Cathedral. Not much else.

Chaucer's strength is that he brings the people who tell the tales to life. Here, we just get the tales. Also, Pasolini has added some material, with no obvious purpose. In fact, the last tale looks like something out of a Bosch painting, not something written by Chaucer. Did Pasolini really think The Canterbury Tales needed improvement?

We saw this film at the wonderful Dryden Theatre in Rochester's George Eastman Museum. It's the best venue for movies that I know. Not only is the auditorium perfect for films, but the Dryden shows movies that are hard to find and sometimes controversial. The program director knows that not every film will appeal to every person. He takes chances, and that's great. However, that sets up a situation where you win some and lose some. This movie was a loser. Don't waste your time and money on it.

Reviewed by framptonhollis 8 / 10

Pasolini + Chaucer= Utter Hilarity

"The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer may be among the most respected and famous works of classic literature, but anybody whose read it knows that it is a masterpiece of bawdy and dirty medieval comedy. The great filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini adapts this literary classic successfully, by showcasing its most funny and erotic elements, creating an entertaining and wild ride!

Some of the segments in this film are certainly better than others (my favorites are "The Merchant's Tale", "The Cook's Tale", and "The Summoner's Tale"), and the final segment is easily the highlight. Seriously, the climax of this film is easily the funniest, strangest, and craziest depiction of Hell you'll ever see!

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