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A Canterbury Tale

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Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price, John Sweet,

Powell and Pressburger’s glorious wartime idyll follows an unlikely trio of the heartbroken—an American GI, a British soldier, and a determined young “land girl”—as they almost accidentally retrace the ancient pilgrim’s route to Canterbury Cathedral, meeting locals the war left behind and solving a strange glue-related crime along the way. Shot amidst the recently blitzed, still threatened ruins of Canterbury and the timelessly green Kent countryside (Powell’s birthplace), A Canterbury Tale documents the physical and emotional scars of war, yet points towards transcendence through embracing the eternal, whether in history, nature, or art (even cinema). Forget Why We Fight; this is why we live.

Jason Sanders
  • Emeric Pressburger
  • Michael Powell
  • Erwin Hillier
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 124 mins
  • BFI
  • Park Circus

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Salvation army (review), Village Voice, Michael Atkinson, 2006

Matters of life and death : the films of Michael Powell (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2002

A production of the Archers: the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (program note), Film Forum (New York), 1995

Preview Dec. 31 - Feb.26 (program note), American Film Institute, 1981

Michael Powell: film artist (flyer), UCLA Film & Television Archive, 1981

A Canterbury tale (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, William K. Everson, 1980

A Canterbury tale (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)

Powell Pressburger and others (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)

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