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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An experience that I can't even put into words...few directors could hit that atmosphere like The Archers. They do it here better than anywhere else. It might not be my favorite P&P film, but it is their most unique.
Gorgeous lighting, a very interesting kind of British bucolic idealism, shot by Erwin Hillier. Hillier was a German cinematographer who worked in the Brit film industry and brings a sense of German Expressionism into the photography (as wikipedia puts it, British realism + German Expressionism somehow equals English neo-romanticism) also the juxtaposition of these styles becomes an apt metaphor (cont.)
A very English wartime drama. And definitely inspired the bone-spinning sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey
Though the cinematography is at times a stunning expression of the duo’s capabilities and the dialogue is frequently warm and funny, A Canterbury Tale is unfortunately overlong and disappointing for the most part. With so many unforgettable works under their collective belt it comes as a surprise to find this film lacking in the sheer quality and the homely feel often experienced with an Archers Production.
What could potentially be a dog's dinner of disparate elements is instead skilfully woven in a rich tableaux of mystery, pastoral idyll and, finally, redemptive drama. Gorgeous to the eye, ear and mind, and a film to which one repeatedly returns.