The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

  • Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Writer: Pier Paolo Pasolini,Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Countries of origin: Italy, France
  • Language: Italian, English, Latin, Gaelic
  • Release date: May 30, 1980
  • Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes
  • Sound mix: Mono
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
  • Also known as: Pasolinis tolldreiste Geschichten
  • "I racconti di Canterbury" is a comedy directed by PP Pasolini starring Hugh Greaves and Laura Beatty.
    The film tells eight stories that reflect the state of British society in the Middle Ages.


    • Release date May 30, 1980
    • Filming locations Battle Abbey, East Sussex, England, UK
    • Production companies Produzioni Europee Associate (PEA), Les Productions Artistes Associés

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    • By Zechariah 2022-11-16 08:12:37

      Is there a better mockery than farting?

      A collection of short stories by Chaucer, the pioneer of English literature in the 14th century, which Pasolini brought to the screen in his own style. Several small stories, full of irony and ridicule. The darkness, fragility, greed and hypocrisy of human nature are exposed in these stories. The lord with extreme desires married a young and beautiful wife to enjoy life before dying. There are three young people who want to take revenge and kill each other for a pile of wealth. All of them...

    • By Quincy 2022-11-14 07:31:43

      "The Director's Talk" "The Canterbury Tales"

      This film is the second part of Pasolini's "Life Trilogy", the first being "Ten Days" and the last being "A Thousand and One Nights". These three films are based on the original works of world literature. The original work of "Decameron" is known as "The Song of Man", which is on par with Dante's "The Divine Comedy". The whole book runs through the red thread of humanism, criticizing the Catholic Church, praising the life of the world, praising love, condemning...

    • By Damien 2022-11-13 09:31:48

      Narrate in leisure, liberate nature in paradox

      I have always believed that the barriers to entry for Pierre Paul Pasolini's films are very high, because of his extensive knowledge, strange bad taste, dubbing and translation problems caused by the age, etc., I dare not watch it The notorious [120 Days of Sodom], this [Canterbury Tales], which together with [Ten Days Talk] and [One Thousand and One Nights] form the "Life Trilogy", is narrated in leisure and in seriousness Humor, revealing human nature in sexual liberation and bad...

    • By Charley 2022-10-02 20:55:03

      Chaucer's background is the most important key

      Based on the ancient English writings of Chaucer. As a visual animal, we must admit the desire to watch movies that was initially triggered by the director's Italian vision as always. The eight scattered narratives do not have much connection, and it is vaguely felt that there should be a deeper core... Turning the clock back to the Middle Ages under the rule of the church, the repression of sex/porn/eroticism/love and the awakening of lies, compared to the developed time at that time The...

    • By Dax 2022-09-17 11:22:20

      My watchbook: The Canterbury Tales

      Pasolini's most famous work, apart from the infamous "120 Days of Sodom", should be the "Trilogy of Life". "The Canterbury Tales" is the second part of the trilogy. Although it does not have the desperation and pervertedness of Sodom, it is also not much in terms of lewdness and ugliness. The movie chose seven stories from the original book to shoot, and behind the endless lust, it also vented the disclosure of ugly human nature. This is Pasolini, and his films never show any emotion, only...

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    • By Elenora 2022-12-18 12:19:20

      Copie neuve Istituto Luce...

    • By Parker 2022-12-15 09:38:38

      Some passages are still interesting, but there are still too many characters to keep up with later. . . There was a big dong that surpassed Uncle Fa and shocked me,...

    • By Aurelia 2022-12-13 16:40:50

      There are gods and horses in this............-________-'' PS The last scene makes me unable to decide....

    • By Ena 2022-11-23 22:54:16

      Bold and explicit, and really candid. Human beings are a little bit unbearable, and their small faults are brought out, and they face those things that can't be brought out on the table. So, they don't have 5,000 years of sexual...

    • By Toby 2022-11-15 14:08:40

      How can Pasolini be filmed like this, it's so...

    Movie quotes

    • The Cook: Between a jest and a joke, many a truth can be told.

    • The Wife from Bath: There's nowhere in the Gospels that says we ought to stay virgins. Anyway, tell me, what were the genital organs made for at the creation? Not to lie dormant I suppose. And nobody's going to tell me they were just put there to piss through. Mark you, I use it for that as well. And every man must serve his wife in wedlock...

    • Molly: [singing] Oh, there was a little beggar man that goes from town to town, and wherever he get a job and work he's willing to sit down. With his bundle on his shoulder, his stick was in his hand and it's down the country I shall go with me roving journeyman. And from the County Carlow the girls all jump for joy. Says one unto the other "now here comes a Dublin boy." And they wanted me to marry her and took me by the hand. She went home and told her mother that she loves the journeyman.