A Canterbury Tale

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Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s beloved classic A Canterbury Tale is a profoundly personal journey to Powell’s bucolic birthplace of Kent, England. Set amid the tumult of the Second World War, yet with a rhythm as delicate as a lullaby, the... read more
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Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s beloved classic A Canterbury Tale is a profoundly personal journey to Powell’s bucolic birthplace of Kent, England. Set amid the tumult of the Second World War, yet with a rhythm as delicate as a lullaby, the film follows three modern-day incarnations of Chaucer’s pilgrims—a melancholy “landgirl,” a plainspoken American GI, and a resourceful British sergeant—who are waylaid in the English countryside en route to the mythical town and forced to solve a bizarre village crime. Building to a majestic climax that ranks as one of the filmmaking duo’s finest achievements, the dazzling A Canterbury Tale has acquired a following of devotees passionate enough to qualify as pilgrims themselves.

Original Release

08/21/1944

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Cast

Eric Portman Thomas Colpeper, JP
Sheila Sim Alison Smith
Dennis Price Peter Gibbs
John Sweet Bob Johnson (as Sergt. John Sweet U.S. Army)
Esmond Knight Village Idiot
Charles Hawtrey Thomas Duckett
Hay Petrie Woodcock
George Merritt Ned Horton
Edward Rigby Jim Horton
Freda Jackson Prudence Honeywood
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Writers

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Cast

Eric Portman Thomas Colpeper, JP
Sheila Sim Alison Smith
Dennis Price Peter Gibbs
John Sweet Bob Johnson (as Sergt. John Sweet U.S. Army)
Esmond Knight Village Idiot
Charles Hawtrey Thomas Duckett
Hay Petrie Woodcock
George Merritt Ned Horton
Edward Rigby Jim Horton
Freda Jackson Prudence Honeywood
Betty Jardine Fee Baker
Eliot Makeham Organist
Harvey Golden Sergt. Roczinsky
Leonard Smith Leslie
James Tamsitt Terry
David Todd David
Beresford Egan P.C. Ovenden
Anthony Holles Sergt. Bassett (as Antony Holles)
Maude Lambert Miss Grainger
Wallace Bosco Man A.R.P. Worker (as Wally Bosco)

Producers

Editors

John Seabourne Sr.

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