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Pasolini does Chaucer,
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This review is from: The Canterbury Tales [DVD]  (DVD)
This is truly a classic film one of the Greats of Pasolinini, interpreting and making Chaucer's Canterbury Tales sing out to us as real life characters spanning the centuries, and from the very different world of some of the Pilgrims portrayed. This is not an accurate translation of Chaucer but the most lighthearted and sinister exposition of the harshness and ribald life of Chaucer's time for very English characters to play. It is really good to see English actors strutt their stuff but the best of all is the Italian actress that plays the insufferable Wife of Bath. Part of the secret is that Chaucer's England probably was, in spirit, far closer to Pasolini's Italy than we like to think...When you play it be sure you use the English dubbing because the Italian version also available is definitely not as good.