The Canterbury Tales

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The Canterbury Tales is the cinematic adaptation to Geoffrey Chaucer's story collection of the same name. It follows the journey of a series of travelers who're venturing to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket. As both competition and entertainment, the travelers each tell two stories, one on the way to Canterbury and one on the way back. The winner is rewarded with a free meal upon returning.

But the over-arching story isn't the focus of The Canterbury Tales, but rather stories told within. Pasolini's film adaptation explores eight of the twenty stories told. Some of the retellings keep close to the original, while others take a few creative liberties.

The film expertly strikes a balance between capturing the humor of some tales, while not skimping on the grim and serious natures of others. Some stories are grisly and others are out-right sexy, but none of them fail to entertain.

NC-17
| 1971 | 2 hr 2 min | 6.5/10
Cast
Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti
Director
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Produced By
Alberto Grimaldi
Language
English
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