The Canterbury Tales

Like The Decameron, a broad canvas on which is writ large and bawdy the life of the people. We are again plummeted into a world of lecherous ladies, ugly old husbands, willing and ready pages, ending with a superb final fling in a gaudy red Sicilian hell, accompanied by a salvo of farts. As usual Pasolini creates visual magic where other directors would never see beyond the banal, and the humour is as rich as ever; but there is a distinct feeling of strain, not to say waste, about this film. The best tales are of course the blacker ones: Franco Citti as the Devil, in the Friar's tale, blackmailing sexual offenders; or the Steward's tale, a neat variation on one of the hoariest sex gags around.

Release details

Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Screenwriter: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cast: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Laura Betti
Franco Citti
Ninetto Davoli
Hugh Griffith
Derek Deadman
Jenny Runacre
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