A Canterbury Tale: The Imaginations of Powell and Pressburger

Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Cast: Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price, John Sweet
124mins   1944   UK   U   English   

Part of The Imaginations of Powell & Pressburger season at Depot

Three latter-day pilgrims embark on journeys of self-discovery in this personal, wartime ode to the English countryside. Meditations on mysticism and identity dominate a slender plot, with Pressburger’s script espousing the moral virtues (and quirks) of his adopted homeland.

Returning Powell to his Kentish roots, Erwin Hillier’s cinematography evocatively captures Canterbury during wartime and the enduring rural communities nearby.

- Alex Prideaux

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