The Canterbury Tales
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Runnning time: 111 minutes
In the early 1970s, Italian poet, philosopher and film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini made his most uninhibited and extravagant works. Grouped under the title The Trilogy of Life, they are based on three classics of medieval literature: Boccaccio's The Decameron, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and the legendary stories from The Thousand and One Nights (also known as Arabian Nights). Pasolini was a notorious author and activist before he became a filmmaker and his gay, Marxist, Catholic point of view gave him a unique form of expression. The Trilogy of Life, pitted itself against the conventions of modern consumerist culture flouting religious, social and sexual codes with carnal and provocative scenes and a scatological, slapstick humour. The Canterbury Tales (1972), is based on Geoffrey Chaucer's classic narrative poem about a group of pilgrims telling bawdy and entertaining stories on their way to Canterbury. The second film in the trilogy, it covers eight of the original twenty four tales with some faithful recreations and with other scenes added by the director. An artistic and violent film, it explores the social, sexual and religious standards in 14th century England and, despite the fact that Pasolini rejected the trilogy shortly after making it, remains one of cinema's most provocative and visionary creations.
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