A Canterbury Tale (1944)
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Beautifully English - about as far as you can go without becoming Jane Austen or George Eliot.
Apparently, at the end of WWII there was so much not going on in England as to lead several officers in the military to become obsessively preoccupied with a so-called "Glue Man." For those of you unfamiliar with the concept (as I was), it is a person who puts glue in your hair and then runs away. Forget the Nazis! There are "Glue Men" running about!
This was a great film, but somehow that main plot point doesn't . . . stick.
A lovely eccentric film full of humourous quirks of character and details of 'Englishness'. Not in the top rank of Powell and Pressburger's films, lacking some of the dramatic edge of their classics, but perfect Sunday afternoon viewing nonetheless.
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This movie ranks #4 in Butler's Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #17 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
This movie ranks #154 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #175 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #176 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #345 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #364 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #1022 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema