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.)
Like much of Powell and Pressburger's masterpieces, this is unclassifiably unique and is unlike anything I've ever seen. Though there is a vague sense of plot, the feeling of place, atmosphere, emotion and character is remarkably concrete. Beautiful, mysterious and very moving.
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.
A skilfully woven tableau of the most disparate elements - mystery, pastoral idyll and journeying drama - coalesces into something almost spiritual with much to say on judgement, redemption and, above all, faith. Faith in one's self, one's country and - whether you believe or not - God. Gorgeous to the eye, ear and mind, and a film to which one repeatedly returns.