Canterbury Tales 1972
I racconti di Canterbury (original title)
1h 52min | Comedy, Drama, History | 16 September 1972 (Italy)
Pasolini’s artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer’s most erotic tales.
When I was going to see “Canterbury Tales”, I knew Pasolini was infamous director who made crazy films, that weren’t for everyone’s taste.When I saw it. It was one of those movie experiences that change the way you see films. It’s not that I loved this film, I don’t see how I can use word “love” here. It’s just that from the beginning to the end I couldn’t believe my eyes. Sequence after sequence, the movie became one of the most original films I ever seen in my life. Wife having sex standing on her husband’s shoulders, woman farting in the face of the young boy who loves her, drunken man, p***ing on dining people, giant ass, that defecates with demons, it’s shocking, yes, but it’s not the point. The point is,we believe every single thing we see on the screen. Of course, it’s because Pasolini uses natural lightning, unprofessional actors, and partly because when there is fucking on the screen, it’s not simulation, it’s real f**king (what other film can be classified as “porn”, and also have Oscar-winning costume designer in its credits?). But it’s not the reason. I always admired Pasolini, because he was one of those people, who make others respect them, who have remained hip even twenty years after they are dead. And being this incredibly fascinating person, he could put part of the magic that made him the person he was into his movies.
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writers: Pier Paolo Pasolini (screenplay), Geoffrey Chaucer (book) (as G. Chaucer)
Stars: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli