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Powell + Pressburger

A Canterbury Tale

Sunday 15th October 2023 at 3pm

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Powell + Pressburger » A Canterbury Tale
Sunday 15th October 2023
Certificate U
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A brand new digital print of Powell & Pressburger’s mysterious and magical drama, filmed on location in and around Canterbury.

A wonderfully charming tale – set during the Second World War, the film follows three modern-day incarnations of Chaucer’s pilgrims—a melancholy landgirl, a plainspoken American GI, and a resourceful British sergeant — who are waylaid in the Kent countryside en route to the mythical town and forced to solve a bizarre village crime.

This film was introduced by Phil Foxwood of Golden Arrow and Rhidian Davis of the BFI, and was shown as part of the Powell + Pressburger film season taking place from October to December across venues in Folkestone.  Find out more at PPFolkestone.co.uk.

A Canterbury Tale

Powell and Pressburger's gently moving mystery, set in the Kent countryside.

  • Directed by

    Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

  • Starring

    Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price

  • Genre

    Comedy, Drama, Mystery

  • Details

    UK • 1944 • 124 mins

  • Certificate


During World War II, a land girl, a British Sergeant, and a US Sergeant arrive in a sleepy Kent village by the same train and become friends. They set about trying to solve a series of mysterious and bizarre attacks where glue is poured onto young women out late at night.

Powell & Pressburger’s loose interpretation of Chaucer’s tale about characters on a religious pilgrimage had a muted reception in the UK, and director Michael Powell was later forced to cut the film by over 20 minutes and shoot additional scenes for it’s U.S. release. The film was fully restored by the BFI in the 1970s, and has since been hailed as a masterwork of British cinema.

Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger

Taking place from October – December 2023, Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger is a UK-wide film celebration of one of the greatest and most enduring filmmaking partnerships in the history of cinema: Michael Powell (1905 to 1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902 to 1988), best known for iconic films including The Red Shoes (1948), A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and Black Narcissus

Powell + Pressburger is showing at the Silver Screen Cinema with support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.