The Canterbury Tales
DIRECTOR: PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
CAST: HUGH GRIFFITH, LAURA BETTI, NINETTO DAVOLI
Geoffrey Chaucer’s marvelous collection of verse, also from the fourteenth century, served as the basis for Pasolini’s second "Trilogy of Life" film, a scatological, often grotesque wallow in the muck of medieval England. Striking a notably darker tone than its predecessor as it makes its way through a succession of episodic rounds that seem largely to revolve around sex, the film's lashings of casual cruelty and violence and the Bosch-like vision of Hell in its “Summoner’s Tale” section evidence a growing pessimism on the filmmaker's part.
Screens as a part of Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Future Life, Part 1.