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Title A Canterbury tale [(DVD) videorecording] / a production of the Archers ; written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Edition Special edition.
Publication Info. Irvington, N.Y. : Criterion Collection, [2006]
Location Call No. Status
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Description 2 videodiscs (124 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Criterion Collection ; 341
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 341.
System Details DVD, NTSC; region 1; Dolby Digital mono.
Language In English with optional English SDH subtitles.
Cast Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price, John Sweet, Esmond Knight, Charles Hawtrey, Hay Petrie.
Credits Photography, Erwin Hillier ; editor, John Seabourne ; original music, Allan Gray.
Note Disc one, main feature; disc two special features.
Program notes on container insert include an essay "A Canterbury Tale: 'Glorious, isn't it?'" by film writer Graham Fuller, an essay "A tribute" by film historian Peter von Bagh, and an excerpt from "The Making of A Canterbury tale" from an essay by actor Sweet, originally featured on the Powell and Pressburger Appreciation Society's website.
Theatrical distribution held by Janus Films.
Special features (disc 1): Optional audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie; "American version excerpts" featuring the prologue and ending sequence of the American version with Kim Hunter (12 min).
Special features (disc 2): "Sheila Sim interview" featuring Sim's recollections of the production (20 min.); "John Sweet: a pilgrim's return," a documentary on Sweet's 2000 return to Canterbury to speak at the Kent International Film Festival (23 min.); "A Canterbury trail," a tour-guide documentary of the actual film locations (24 min.); "Listen to Britain," a 2001 video-installation piece by English artist Victor Burgin inspired by the film of the same name with an introduction by Burgin (7 min.); "Listen to Britain," a 1942 documentary by Humphrey Jennings (19 min.).
For specific features see interactive menu.
Summary Inspired by Powell's childhood in Kent, and by Chaucer's epic 14th century tale. Set in 1940s wartime Kent, with three modern-day incarnations of Chaucer's pilgrims: a plainspoken American Army sergeant, a resourceful British sergeant, and a melancholy girl. While enroute to Canterbury they are waylaid and forced to solve a local crime, the mystery of a man who pours glue over the hair of village girls at night.
Audience Not rated.
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- Kent -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Travelers -- England -- Kent -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Country life -- England -- Kent -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
England -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Pilgrims and pilgrimages -- England -- Kent -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Genre Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Powell, Michael, 1905-1990, producer, director.
Pressburger, Emeric, 1902-1988, producer, screenwriter.
Portman, Eric, 1903-1969, actor.
Sim, Sheila, 1922-2016 actor.
Price, Dennis, 1915-1973, actor.
Sweet, John, 1916- actor.
Fuller, Graham, 1956-
Bagh, Peter von, 1943-2014.
Burgin, Victor.
Jennings, Humphrey, director.
Janus Films.
Archers (Firm)
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Added Title Pilgrim's return.
Listen to Britain.
Canterbury trail.
Standard No. 715515018920
Music No. CC1639D Criterion Collection
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