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Criterion Collection: A Canterbury Tale [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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A U.S. soldier, a British sergeant and a London girl see minor miracles and catch a prude.
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That it was made when it was makes it truly prophetic.
It's blissfully hard to categorise. It is sentimental, it does have comedy but there is an underlying menace - a malevolent incongruity that seems to hallmark director Powell's best work. The whole notion of a midnight prowler deliberately pasting glue into women's hair is a good example of this kind of alternate reality. There is a specific scene where a many hands are vigorously washing the hair which seems disturbingly loaded with sadism.
Yet the subject (and the reason for buying) is history - what in the middle of WWII can be realistically retained. What has to give way? So we see the cocky GI find an affinity with an English carpenter, a cynical cinema pianist collaborating with a cathedral organist and a middle aged magistrate judged and sentenced by one of his own victims.
It's beautifully photographed, particularly the scenes of rural life yet contains a strangely powerful message for this generation, faced with the cultural narrowing of globalisation of the arts.
Not a Multiplex fave...but you should see it for just this reason.
The plot is so slight and off-hand it can't be taken too seriously. It's just a device to have three modern pilgrims stay awhile in the English village of Chillingbourne on Chaucer's pilgrims road to Canterbury. The three are Alison Smith (Sheila Sim), a land girl from London, come to work on a farm and who has been notified her fiance has been killed in action; British sergeant Peter Gibbs (Dennis Price), a trained organist who played organs in cinema houses and is joining his unit on the outskirts of the village; and U. S. sergeant Bob Johnson (real life Sergeant John Sweet, recruited by Powell to play this part), on leave for a few days who got off the train at the wrong station and who hasn't heard from his wife for months. Someone in the village is pouring glue on the hair of village girls who have been dating soldiers. As the three leave the train station during blackout, Alison has glue poured on her hair. The three make their way to the magistrate, Thomas Colpepper (Eric Portman), who seems cold and uninterested in Alison's plight. The three determine to find out by themselves who the mysterious "glueman" really is.
Powell and Pressburger use this slight device to evoke a deep feeling of the continuity of life, the sense that history is just as much a part of what is now as what has been.Read more ›
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This is one of those films that could only be made at the time, because it is a snapshot of the British war-honed psyche with authentic scenery and locations, and it has a very... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. F. Stevens
My favourite film. Made during WW2 it has a great optimism to it, it is a classic British film, the casting is perfect, and I live in Canterbury so I recognise the locations.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A 5 star drama from the 2nd World War concerning wartime activities in a Kentish village involving three young people and their eventual journey to Canterbury. Read morePublished 8 months ago by jfshaw
It's a DVD, which I chose, it either works or doesn't. It worked.Published 10 months ago by mr g griffiths