The Canterbury Tales

I Racconti di Canterbury

1972

Pier Paolo Pasolini
Director

Assorted Canterbury bound travellers are invited to tell tales...

1. An elderly knight finds his much younger wife is attracted to much younger fellows

2. Justice it passed on two homosexual trysts, overseen by the devil.

3. The Adventures of Perkins, a fellow looking for a job.

4. A fellow hatches a plan to bed the wife of a carpenter

5. A tale of The Wife of Bath who hopes to find a suitable suitor.

6. Two young men have an adventure with the miller.

7. In which three men find a treasure trove and what happens.

8. In which a priest covets a dying man's worldly goods and is shown around hell.

Bawdy telling of some of Chaucer's tales (and some totally the invention of the director). The framing device of the story tellers is frankly bungled, less there's a version I haven't seen. The yarns themselves variable but fun, particularly #4. Fantastic location scenary and sense of time and place, also noted by Michael Palin then working on Holy Grail.

The devil 'farting' fallen priests is an image that has been with me for 40 years.



2nd July 1972
Berlin Film Festival





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2nd September 1972
Cinema





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14th June 1973
Cinema






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21st July 1998
DVD

Not Rated


1.85:1


13th November 2012
Blu-Ray

Not Rated


1.77:1




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Hugh Griffith
Sir January
Laura Betti
Wife of Bath
Ninetto Davoli
Perkin
Franco Citti
Devil
Josephine Chaplin
May
Alan Webb
Old Man
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Chaucer
J.P. Van Dyne
The Cook
Vernon Dobtcheff
The Franklin
Adrian Street
Fighter
O.T.
Chief Witch-Hunter (as OT)
Derek Deadman
Pardoner
Nicholas Smith
Friar
George Datch
Host of the Tabard (as George B. Datch)
Dan Thomas
Nicholas
Michael Balfour
Carpenter
Jenny Runacre
Alison
Peter Cain
Absolom
Daniele Buckler
Witch Hunter (as Daniel Buckler)
John Francis Lane
Friar
Settimio Castagna
Angel (as Settimio Castagna)
Athol Coats
Rich homosexual
Judy Stewart Murray
Alice
Tom Baker
Jenkin
Oscar Fochetti
Damian
Willoughby Goddard
Placebo
Peter Stephens
Justinus
Giuseppe Arrigio
Pluto
Elisabetta Genovese
Prosperine
Gordon King
Chancellor
Patrick Duffett
Alan
Eamann Howell
John
Tiziano Longo
Simkin the miller (as Albert King)
Eileen King
Simkin's wife
Heather Johnson
Molly
Robin Askwith
Ruffo
Martin Whelar
Jack the Justice
John McLaren
Johnny the Grace
Edward Monteith
Dick the Sparrow
Kervin Breen
Franca Sciutto
Vittorio Fanfoni
Leonard S. Brooks
Businessman
Stephen Calcutt
The Groom
Phil Davis
2nd homosexual lover
Charles De la Tour
Inn-keeper
Francis De Wolff
The Bride's father
Michael Derrek
Robin
Andrew Dymock
Bill
V. Edwards
The Old Woman
Dorothy Everall
Perkin's mother
Diana Fisher
The Bride
Chris Greener
Sir Elephant
David Hatton
Poor homosexual
Judo Al Hayes
Fighter
Terry Hooper
L'allodoliere
Robert Brook Howard
Vicar of the Monestary
Karl Howman
1st homosexual lover
Richard Hughes
Administrator
Laurie Inch
Mary
Charlotte Kell
The Prioress
Pinky Martin
The Nun
Alan McConnell
Master Gervaso
Norman McGlen
Perkin's father
Peter McGregor
The Merchant
Hugh McKenzie-Bailey
Thomas
Roderick McLeod
Knight's Attendant
Anthony Moore
The Spy
Ken Muggleston
Doctor
Patrick Newell
Prior
Ray Parks
Sergeant
Martin Philips
Martin
Selwyn Roberts
The Knight
Anita Sanders
Thomas' wife
Mary Stuart
Priest
Reg Stuart
4th Husband
Steve Whitton
Youth Without Name