The Canterbury Tales (film)
|The Canterbury Tales|
|Directed by||Pier Paolo Pasolini|
|Produced by||Alberto Grimaldi|
|Written by||Pier Paolo Pasolini|
|Based on||The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer
|Starring||Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Laura Betti, Pier Paolo Pasolini|
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Cinematography||Tonino Delli Colli|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release dates||West Germany 2 July 1972 (premiere at BIFF)
Italy 2 September 1972
USA 30 March 1980
|Running time||122 minutes
110 min (reduced cut)
The Canterbury Tales (Italian: 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 others being The Decameron and Arabian Nights. It won the Golden Bear at the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival.
The adaptation covers eight of the 24 tales and contains abundant nudity, sex and slapstick humour. 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 having sex. 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 does not 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.
- Hugh Griffith - Sir January
- Laura Betti - The Wife of Bath
- Ninetto Davoli - Perkin
- Franco Citti - The Devil
- Josephine Chaplin - May
- Alan Webb - Old Man
- Pier Paolo Pasolini - Geoffrey Chaucer
- Jenny Runacre - Alison
- Tom Baker - Jenkin
- Robin Askwith - Rufus
- Vernon Dobtcheff - The Franklin
- Derek Deadman - The Pardoner (as Derek Deadmin)
- Adrian Street - Fighter
- "Berlinale 1972: Prize Winners". berlinale.de.