A Canterbury Tale

1944

Comedy / Drama

1
IMDb Rating 7.6

Synopsis


Downloaded 432 times
6/10/2019 11:41:06 AM

1080p
2.38G
Normal
English
/
124 min
P/S 52 / 73

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Igenlode Wordsmith 9

The major disadvantage when recommending this film to someone is that it&#39;s practically impossible to describe! It&#39;s easy enough to say what it *isn&#39;t*: it&#39;s not a detective story and it&#39;s certainly not a thriller, despite the fact that it nominally revolves around an unsolved crime. It&#39;s not a war-story, despite the fact that it is set immediately before D-Day and the main characters are intimately involved in the war effort. It&#39;s not a romance, despite the fact that two of the characters have an unhappy love-story. And it&#39;s not the Chaucerian epic one might be led to expect by the title and the opening scene - although by the end, the pilgrimage allusions turn out to be rather more strangely apt then they at first appear.<br/><br/>The only word I can find to give a flavour of this story is that it is above all English - as English as Ealing comedy (without the comedy), as Miss Marple (without the murder), as Elizabeth Goudge (without the magic)... and yet again I find myself defining it by what it *isn&#39;t*! It&#39;s English in a way that is quietly, deeply antithetical to the frenetic posturing of &#39;Cool Britannia&#39;. It is as English as the haze over the long grass beneath the trees of a summer meadow; as polished brass and a whiff of steam as the express pulls up at a country halt; as church bells drifting in snatches on a lazy breeze, and the taste of blackberries in the sun.<br/><br/>It&#39;s almost impossible now to comprehend that the 1940s countryside in which this film is set was *really there*; that it was not the Second World War but its crippling aftermath that industrialised farms, banished the horse-drawn vehicles from the wheelwright&#39;s, and exchanged towering hay-wains for silage towers. Britain was determined never to starve again - and so the world that had once differed so little from that of Chaucer&#39;s time was swept away beyond recall. When it was made, this film was no more a rustic period piece than &#39;Passport to Pimlico&#39;, a few years later, was an urban social documentary. Subsequent events have preserved both in mute evidence of contemporary communities that are almost unbelievable today.<br/><br/>It is perhaps fair, therefore, to assume that the type of viewer who will watch &#39;Battlefield Earth&#39; is unlikely to find this film anything other than silly, parochial and ultimately dull! Very little actually happens. The story is on occasion both humorous and poignant, but what we at first assume to be the central plot turns out not to be the point at all. The triple denouement is set up so gently and skilfully that we, too, are taken by miraculous surprise, with the true shape of the film only evident in retrospect.<br/><br/>It is, ultimately, a story about faith, and miracles, and pilgrimages, even in the then-modern world of shopgirls, lumbermen and cinema organists - and if that idea in itself sounds enough to put you off, as I confess it would have done for me before I watched it myself, then I will gladly add that it is a film about beauty, and hope, and unexpected friendship and laughter; and technically very accomplished to boot. The use of black and white is glorious, ranging from the glimmer in the obscurest of shadows to sun-drenched hillside, and the totally unselfconscious reference to Chaucer in the opening sequence is in these days worth the price of admission alone.<br/><br/>If you like gentle films - sweet-natured films - films with a deep affection for their subject - films that make you laugh and cry, but always smile - then I urge you not on any account to miss this one. If, for the moment, you require thrills, spills, forbidden passions and last-minute rescues, then pass it by and let it go on its tranquil way. When you are old and grey and full of sleep, this unassuming classic will still be there, waiting...

Read More
Reviewed by Spondonman 7

After a dozen viewings or so I still rate this as one of my Top 20 favourites, the passing of time doesn&#39;t seem to lessen its brilliance, if anything it improves with age. The Carlton budget DVD out at the moment makes the black and white photography gleam even more now, so I wonder why the BBC have always shown such an inferior copy.<br/><br/>ACT is a pleasant inconsequential masterpiece, with no heavy points to labour, no axes to grind and for wartime not too many flags to wave. But it leaves you wishing that Olde England could&#39;ve been better preserved from the elected savages in charge of us since, and that perhaps it wasn&#39;t so surprising that people were ready to defend such a country and its lifestyles to the death. The only thing Chaucer inspired in me in all of his tales was the desire to reach the end of the journey.<br/><br/>The story? Mysterious fetishist keeps pouring glue onto unsuspecting girls heads at night - 3 intrepid souls determine to find and unmask the weirdo, but vacillate when their moment comes. The four main characters weave in and out of the tale, moving it forward gently to the rather grand climax. But what about the Glueman himself - did he go back home to his reprehensible pastime or did he meet a sticky end? Did Bob get his marijuana? Did they manage to get the moths out of Allison&#39;s caravan? Did Peter ever stop playing on his organ?<br/><br/>Refreshing: 1/ A platonic relationship between three handsome men and one beautiful woman. 2/ The most violent scene is where the troops burst out clapping the Sgt. who repaired the slide projector. 3/ A basic plot premise so flimsy and yet so captivating.<br/><br/>A most profitable way of spending two hours.

Read More
Reviewed by Petemcg 7

My first amazed viewing of this spiritually uplifting film was on a wet Sunday afternoon about fifteen years ago. I was thoroughly depressed for various reasons, but by the end of this movie, the entire world had subtly transformed itself. The delivery of the &quot;message&quot; of this film may seem, to modern audiences, naively done, but its power to move surely remains as robustly valid today as it must have been to audiences in war-torn Britain. (I have not seen the American version.)This is a feel-good film of the very first order.<br/><br/>The photography is geared towards presenting the glory of the English countryside, and beautifully conveys an England which was fast disappearing by the time war broke out. Watch especially for the shots of Alison on the downs just after looking towards Canterbury. Gorgeous!<br/><br/>You will either love or hate this film, but you MUST see it if you have not already done so. I&#39;ve just bought it on DVD, and am ditching various copies taped from TV over the years.<br/><br/>PS: If anyone with any influence at Carlton reads this, please urgently consider transcribing &quot;I Know Where I&#39;m Going&quot; - another fine Powell/Pressburger movie - onto DVD.

Read More
Read more IMDb reviews

Torrent Related