Canterbury tales

Canterbury tales

DVD - 2012 | Italian
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MPAA rating: NC-17.
A selection of stories from Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales". Shot in England, it offers an earthy re-creation of the medieval era. From the story of a nobleman struck blind after marrying a much younger and promiscuous bride, to a climactic trip to a hell populated by friars and demons (surely one of the most outrageously conceived and realized sequences ever committed to film), this is a work of merry blasphemy, framed by Pasolini's portrayal of Chaucer himself.


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Mar 10, 2018

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1972 based on the medieval narrative poem "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer, this period drama covers eight of the 24 tales and contains abundant nudity, sex and slapstick humour.
Although the actors appear amateurish, this film turns out disgustingly funny and foolish.
You might laugh to death.

Sep 13, 2016

By far one of the most ridiculous films I've ever seen. Italian overdubs on English, graphic "scenery" and pure silliness. Even taken in the spirit of theater and poetic licence it's awful. I hold Criterion collection films in high esteem, but this doesn't rate. Benny Hill couldn't have made it this bad. I feel sorry for Chaucer.

Mar 03, 2016

From where I was sitting - I found viewing the sex scenes in Pasolini's "The Canterbury Tales" to be about as joyful and arousing as watching a filthy street-beggar pick their nose.

And, speaking further about these sex scenes - For the most part, they were either focused on grotesque-looking old men screwing virginal, young maidens (or else) pimply faced youths being buggered up the ass.

If you ask me - I'd say that this film's story was delivered with the same sort of distasteful enthusiasm as you'd get from a reluctant farm-boy who had been ordered to shovel up a huge, stinking heap of horse manure into a truck.

And, speaking about the actors in this film - I swear that the whole, talentless lot of them had been rounded up from the local, skid-row, welfare office line-up.

And, finally - If this film's hellish, anally-fixated finale was really supposed to make up for all of its prior short-comings - Well - It sure didn't impress this viewer. No. Not one bit.

*Note* - 1972's "The Canterbury Tales" would be director Pablo Pasolini's 3rd-to-last picture. In 1975 Pasolini was brutally murdered by a 17-year-old "rent boy" who repeatedly ran him over with his own car.


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