The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales (1971)

Italian director Pier Pasolini tells four of the Chaucer tales in this graphic and satirical picture that chronicles the 14th-century's social, sexual, and religious standards in England. In Pasolini's Trilogy of Life, this second… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1971
DVD Release Date: November 3, 1998
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

If Pasolini had something more than grubby fantasy on his mind -- and presumably he did -- it isn't immediately apparent.

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Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

Robust and smart, much like its more expansive source material.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

the brash, arguably campy manner in which Pasolini transcribes Chaucer's medieval bawdiness to the screen, coupled with the film's various technical faults (particularly the lousy dubbed dialogue), tends to make the film a chore to watch.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

In contrast to the Italy of Pasolini's Decameron, the England of The Canterbury Tales is much more harsh in its treatment of vice of all kinds.

TV Guide

After the formidable commercial success of his bawdy Decameron, Pier Pasolini applied the same formula to Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales with somewhat less appealing results.

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It can be hard going at times, especially with the post-production dubbing of sound and the blank, detached acting Pasolini demanded, but it also contains some very funny and superbly-shot sequences.

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Cassandra Maples
This movie is second of Pasolini's so called 'Trilogy of Love' (Il Decameron, I Racconti di Canterbury, Il fiore di mille e una notte;… More