Item Details

A Canterbury Tale [videorecording]

Janus Films ; Independent Film Distributors ; written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Format
Video; Book; DVD
Summary
Follow three modern-day incarnations of Chaucer's pilgrims - a landgirl, an American GI, and a British sergeant waylaid in the English countryside, forced to solve a bizarre village crime en route to a mythical town.
Director
Michael Powell; Emeric Pressburger
Performers
Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price, Sgt. John Sweet, Esmond Knight.
Release Date
1944
Run Time
124 min.
Language
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Rating
Not rated
Notes
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 1944.
  • Videodisc release of a 1944 motion picture production.
  • Special features: Disc 1: New digital transfer; Audio comentary by film historian Ian Christie; Scenes from Michael Powell's reedited American version ; Disc 2: New video interview with actress Sheila Sim; "John Sweet: a pilgrim's return": a short documentary on actor John Sweet's 2001 return to 'Canterbury'; "A Canterbury trail": a documentary featuring footage from the annual Kent walking tour of the film locations; Humphrey Jenning's landmark documentary "Listen to Britain" (1942); Artist Victor Burgin's impressionistic video piece "Listen to Britain" (2001), inspired by Jennings's film and "A Canterbury tale"; New essay by Graham Fuller and Peter von Bagh.
Edition
Double-Disc Edition
Series
The Criterion Collection
Criterion Collection
Series Statement
The Criterion collection ; 341
Criterion collection 341
ISBN
1559409878
Credits
Cinematography, Erwin Hillier ; editor, John Seabourne ; music composer, Allan Gray ; production designer, Alfred Junge.
Published
Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, [2006]
Publisher no.
CC1639D Criterion Collection
Related Resources
Internet Movie Database Summary and Reviews
Description
2 videodiscs (ca. 124 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono., restored high-difinition digital transfer.
Technical Details
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