Pasolini’s beautiful, violent, and always a vivid cinematic depiction of some of Chaucer’s most sexual stories.
The Canterbury Tales (I racconti di Canterbury) is a 1972 Italian film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini and based on Geoffrey Chaucer’s medieval narrative poem. The second picture of Pasolini’s “Trilogy of Life,” following The Decameron, won the Golden Bear at the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival.
Pasolini attempted to adapt lively, sensual tales from ancient literature in the Trilogy of Life. Pasolini adapted a significant work from the early days of the Italian language with The Decameron. With The Canterbury Stories, he set his eyes on Chaucer’s earthy Middle English tales.
Behind the scenes, Pasolini ended his relationship with Ninetto Davoli and said that he was not in the appropriate state of mind for this stupid, joyful trilogy. Nonetheless, it is regarded as one of his most significant works.
The film followed a succession of films from the late 1960s in which Pasolini had a strong ideological bent. Despite the fact that this film is lighter in tone, Pasolini regarded it to be one of his most “ideological.” The picture might be interpreted as a critique of Chaucer’s and Pasolini’s rigid sexual norms.