The Canterbury Tales / I racconti di Canterbury
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy, France, 1972
Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Script: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Producer: Alberto Grimaldi
Production company: Les Productions Artistes Associés, Produzioni Europee Associati (PEA)
Cinematography: Tonino Delli Colli
Editing: Nino Baragli
Music: Ennio Morricone
Cast: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Laura Betti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Hugh Griffith, Josephine Chaplin, Alan Webb
Format: video
Running time: 110'

Eight of Geoffrey Chaucer’s lusty tales come to life on-screen in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s gutsy and delirious 'The Canterbury Tales', which was shot in England and offers a remarkably 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 an endlessly imaginative work of merry blasphemy, framed by Pasolini’s portrayal of Chaucer himself.

Awards and Festivals
Berlin International Film Festival 1972 – Golden Bear

Directors Biography
Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922–1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer, actor, painter and all-around intellectual public figure. Among his earliest movie jobs was writing additional dialogue for Federico Fellini’s 'Nights of Cabiria' (1957). Soon he was directing his first film, 'Accattone' (1961). The outspoken and always political Pasolini’s films became increasingly scandalous. Tragically, Pasolini was found brutally murdered weeks before the release of his final work, the grotesque, Marquis de Sade–derived 'Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom' (1975), still one of the world’s most controversial films.

Location and screening schedule: ZAGREB DANCE CENTER, Wednesday, October 23rd at 23.00