The Canterbury Tales

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

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

109 mins

Cast and crew

Pier Paolo Pasolini
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Laura Betti
Franco Citti
Ninetto Davoli
Hugh Griffith
Derek Deadman
Jenny Runacre
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