Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's beloved classic A Canterbury Tale is a profoundly personal journey to Powell's bucolic birthplace of Kent, England. Set amid the tumult of the Second World War, yet with a rhythm as delicate as a lullaby, 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 English countryside en route to the mythical town and forced to solve a bizarre village crime. Building to a majestic climax that ranks as one of the filmmaking duo's finest achievements, the dazzling A Canterbury Tale has acquired a following of devotees passionate enough to qualify as pilgrims themselves.
Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie
Excerpts from the American Version, with Kim Hunter
New video interview with actress Sheila Sim
A Pilgrim's Return, a documentary about John Sweet, by Nick Burton and Eddie McMillan
A Canterbury Trail, a new documentary visiting the film locations, by David Thompson
Listen to Britain, 2001 video installation piece inspired by A Canterbury Tale, by artist Victor Burgin
Listen to Britain, a 1942 documentary by Humphrey Jennings