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Submitted by Mark Fuller

A Canterbury Tale

By Dilys Powell

From: The Sunday Times
May 1944

In A Canterbury Tale Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger have created what is in effect an elaborate, beautiful, and often witty piece of muddle. The story is half high-minded fantasy, half schoolboy thriller; at one moment the characters are pilgrims in search of blessings or penance in Canterbury, at another a bunch of amateur detectives in search of the Glue Man, a type who enlivens his evenings on fire guard by pouring glue over the hair of the girls of the village. In the end it turns out that he does it out of love for his country, an explanation which would fascinate the psychologists. Eric Portman is massively unembarrassed as the Glue Man, and there is a performance of great charm by John Sweet, a newcomer form scratch who plays in the film what he is in life, an American Army Sergeant. The exterior work of the film is enchanting, and the pictorial handling of the sequences in Canterbury Cathedral seems to me beyond praise.

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