The Canterbury Tales (1972)

NC-17   |    |  Comedy, Drama, History

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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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  • Hugh Griffith in The Canterbury Tales (1972)
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini in The Canterbury Tales (1972)
  • Ninetto Davoli in The Canterbury Tales (1972)
  • The Canterbury Tales (1972)
  • Hugh Griffith in The Canterbury Tales (1972)
  • Ninetto Davoli in The Canterbury Tales (1972)

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7 September 2008 | Nazi_Fighter_David
| Pasolini dared to show the medieval era as extremely dirty, indecent, vulgar…
This is the second in Pasolini's series of setting classic bawdy tales to film… In this case, he selected eight of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, including the infamous miller's tale and the incident with the red hot poker kiss…

The tales revolve around a group of pilgrims who are journeying to the shrine of Saint Thomas a Becket of Canterbury… The trip is so boring that they begin telling each other stories that soon get obscene, gory and very sexy… Pasolini adds another motif to his visualization by placing Chaucer himself into the movie, periodically cutting to him writing at his desk...

Pasolini inserts pleasure and amusement at social customs, especially marriage… Some of the stories are funny, others are deadly serious… The scene where a young man is burned for making love to another of his own sex, for example, is chilling...

In fact, Pasolini's using non professional actors, is more in keeping with the tone of the original than the usual romanticized versions...

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