The Canterbury Tales

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Released 1972

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Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Released:
1972
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The Canterbury Tales is a cinematic take on Chaucer's fourteenth century poem. It is filmed in Italian and directed by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini. The movie features eight of Chaucer's original twenty-four tales, including favorites like The Friar's Tale, The Cook's Tale, and The Wife of Bath. The Canterbury Tales is a wild romp through medieval England, full of love stories, romance, slapstick humor, and bawdy jokes that have been told and retold for over six centuries. From drunken revelry and sexy encounters to marital infidelity and demons from hell, this movie is as much about life in 1972 as it is about life in medieval England. A modern take on a time-tested classic, this movie shows us life when it is beautiful, when it is ugly, and when it is just plain silly. Stars include Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli, and director Pier Paolo Pasolini as Geoffrey Chaucer himself.
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    Comedy, Drama

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    Historical, Classics