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Chaucer Reads Chaucer [electronic resource]: The Miller's Tale

Caritas Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In Queen Victoria's day, this is the one they expurgated from the complete Canterbury Tales; fortunately, the modern sensibility responds with the intended laughter at the most notoriously misdirected kiss in European literature. Here the tale is told as Chaucer might have told it-in Middle English (with modern English subtitles) and appropriate costume, to an audience of contemporaries who shared Chaucer's own astonishing combination of grossness and delicacy. An excellent lesson in both literature and language.
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80 min.
In Middle English (with modern English subtitles)
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 02, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Miller's Tale
  • The Story Begins (1:40)
  • The Miller Starts to Tell his Tale (5:41)
  • Clever Nicholas (2:21)
  • The Carpenter's Wife, Alison (3:41)
  • Alison and Nicholas (2:21)
  • Meet Absolon (2:32)
  • Absolon Tries to Woo Alison (3:45)
  • The Trick (2:03)
  • Nicholas Appears Dead in his Room (3:15)
  • The Carpenter Wakes Nicholas (2:10)
  • Nicholas Gives The Carpenter Instructions (6:17)
  • Nicholas Warns The Carpenter (1:27)
  • Preparation for the Flood (2:52)
  • Alison and Nicholas Trick the Carpenter (1:02)
  • Absolon Plans to Visit Alison (2:14)
  • Absolon Proves his Love to Alison (1:39)
  • Alison's Response to Absolon (1:50)
  • The Kiss (1:36)
  • Absolon's Revenge (4:16)
  • Nicholas's Burn (0:50)
  • The End Scene (2:07)
  • Credits: Chaucer Reads Chaucer: "The Miller's Tale" (1:53)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], cuuuu
Publisher no.
1742 Films Media Group
1streaming video file (80 min.) : d., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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