The Canterbury Tales (film)


The Canterbury Tales (film)

Infobox Film
name = The Canterbury Tales


director = Pier Paolo Pasolini
producer = Alberto Grimaldi
writer = Pier Paolo Pasolini
distributor =
starring = | released = flagicon|West Germany 2 July, 1972 (premiere at BIFF)
flagicon|Italy 2 September, 1972
flagicon|USA 30 March, 1980
runtime = 122 min.
language = Italian
music = Ennio Morricone
cinematography = Tonino Delli Colli
preceded_by = "The Decameron"
followed_by = "Arabian Nights"
amg_id = 1:8043
imdb_id = 0067647
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"The Canterbury Tales" ( _it. I racconti di Canterbury) is a 1972 Italian film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini and 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.

In Pasolini's version of the fragmentary Cook's Tale, Ninetto Davoli plays the role of Perkyn in manner clearly inspired by Charlie Chaplin.

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years=1972
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