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A Canterbury Tale [Oct. 25th, 2011|03:51 pm]
Tony Grist
Xan Brooks likes A Canterbury Tale as much as I do

[User Picture]From: sovay
2011-10-25 03:12 pm (UTC)
"But that's not quite right, because the film implicitly suggests that there is no hillside, no sleeping knights, and no magical horn to call them forth. The only world is the one we're in, bashed about and bent out of shape, and the only heroes the people around us: frail and fearful, sometimes misguided, and coping as best they can."


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[User Picture]From: ibid
2011-10-26 07:33 am (UTC)
It chokes me every time I see it. I adore it on so many levels.

I don't think Powell was a particularly good critic of his own work. He loved Battle of the River Plate (which is a piece of shite as far as I am concerned) while not giving full worth to this or several others. It's almost as if he needed the critic's validation to like something.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-10-26 08:48 am (UTC)
As Xan Brooks says it's the very brokenness of A Canterbury Tale that makes it so great. Powell was constantly labouring after a high strangeness in his films; this is where he achieved it.
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