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429 Ratings

A Canterbury Tale

United Kingdom, 1944
Drama, Mystery, War


Set amid the tumult of the Second World War, yet with a rhythm as delicate as a lullaby, Powell and Pressburger’s beloved classic follows three modern-day incarnations of Chaucer’s pilgrims waylaid in the English countryside en route to the mythical town and forced to solve a bizarre village crime.

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A Canterbury Tale Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Critics reviews

It’s a movie-as-walking tour, a fanciful detour through Michael Powell’s hometown of Kent, England. . . . What starts as a rotating gallery of rural eccentrics, an offbeat “Why We Fight” homeland confidence booster, accumulates into something of inchoate power as our guide’s accidental tour of Kent turns into an existential quest, a “why we exist” spiritual journey.
February 13, 2018
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