Friday, 29 March 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 103: Sat Apr 13

The Canterbury Tales (Pasolini, 1972): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 8.40pm
This film, part of the Pier Paolo Pasolini season at the BFI, also screens on April 15th and 25th. More details here.

Time Out review:
Like The Decameron, a broad canvas on which is writ large and bawdy the life of the people. We are again plummeted into a world of lecherous ladies, ugly old husbands, willing and ready pages, ending with a superb final fling in a gaudy red Sicilian hell, accompanied by a salvo of farts. As usual Pasolini creates visual magic where other directors would never see beyond the banal, and the humour is as rich as ever; but there is a distinct feeling of strain, not to say waste, about this film. The best tales are of course the blacker ones: Franco Citti as the Devil, in the Friar's tale, blackmailing sexual offenders; or the Steward's tale, a neat variation on one of the hoariest sex gags around. 

A 'U' certificate trailer for an X certificate film.

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