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The Resource A Canterbury tale, Eagle-Lion Distributors, Ltd. ; a production of the Archers ; Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger present ; written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ; Independent Film Distributors, Ltd, (videorecording DVD)

A Canterbury tale, Eagle-Lion Distributors, Ltd. ; a production of the Archers ; Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger present ; written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ; Independent Film Distributors, Ltd, (videorecording DVD)

Label
A Canterbury tale
Title
A Canterbury tale
Statement of responsibility
Eagle-Lion Distributors, Ltd. ; a production of the Archers ; Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger present ; written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ; Independent Film Distributors, Ltd
Contributor
Actor
Film director
Film distributor
Film producer
Screenwriter
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
  • A Canterbury tale: During a blackout, three train passengers arrive at Chillingbourne in Kent. Londoner Alison Smith is a feisty representative of the Women's Land Army (aka the "land girls"). Bob Johnson is an American soldier whose intended destination was Canterbury. Peter Gibbs is a classical music student who worked in peacetime as a cinema organist. As they make their way through the village, Alison has something poured on to her hair by an unseen attacker. She is the latest victim of the Glue Man, a nocturnal rogue who harasses young women who date American soldiers. She, along with Bob and Peter, vow to track him down. Ostensibly a mystery, the film is principally a portrait of the bucolic English countryside during wartime
  • A pilgrim's return: A 20-minute interview with John Sweet on first visit back to Canterbury since the making of A Canterbury Tale in which Sweet talks about making the film, its enduring popularity, and its effect on his life since
  • A Canterbury trial: In 2005, the centennial of Michael Powell' s birth, documentary filmmaker David Thompson shot footage chronicling an annual walking tour, organized by Steve Crook of the Powell & Pressburger Appreciation Society and led by local historian Paul Tritton, around the Kent countryside revisiting the locations of A Canterbury Tale as well as sites from Powell' s childhood
  • Listening to Britain: This seven minute video piece, inspired by Burgin's experience of returning to Britain in the immediate aftermath of September 11, Humphrey Jennings' World War II documentary of the same name and Powell and Pressburger's A Canterbury Tale, was originally presented as an art gallery installation and is designed to run as a continuous loop in a dark room. With no definable beginning, middle and end, this work mixes various elements, including landscape footage of locations from A Canterbury Tale and new shots of the same scenery to create a filmic painting intended to inspire viewers to think of the previous time England's stability was under threat
  • Listen to Britain: This British propaganda short film, a poetic treatment, using no narration, of the British people during World War II, features a tapestry of sound and image interspersed with scenes of British preparedness and tranquility and national unity
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Member of
Cataloging source
LAS
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
  • A Canterbury tale: Photographed by Erwin Hillier ; edited by John Seabourne ; music composed by Allan Gray ; conducted by Walter Goehr ; production designed by Alfred Junge ; period advisor, Herbert Norris
  • A Canterbury trail: Filmed by David Thompson ; edited by Melanie Quigley
  • Listen to Britain: Photographed by H.E. Fowle ; edited by Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister
Dewey number
791.43/72
Intended audience
Not rated
Language note
In English with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PerformerNote
  • A Canterbury tale: Narrator/Seven Sisters soldier/village idiot: Esmond Knight : cast: Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price, Sergeant John Sweet (U.S. Army), Charles Hawtrey, Hay Petrie, George Merritt, Edward Rigby, Freda Jackson, Betty Jardine, Eliot Makeham, Harvey Golden, Leonard Smith, James Tamsitt, David Todd
  • A pilgrim's return: Interviewer, Nick Burton ; interviewee, John Sweet
  • A Canterbury trial: Paul Tritton, Steve Crook
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1905-1990
  • 1902-1988
  • 1901-1969
  • 1922-2016
  • 1915-1973
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Powell, Michael
  • Pressburger, Emeric
  • Portman, Eric
  • Sim, Sheila
  • Price, Dennis
  • Criterion Collection (Firm)
Runtime
124
Series statement
The Criterion Collection
Series volume
341
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Pilgrims and pilgrimages
  • Travelers
  • Country life
  • England
  • Kent (England)
Target audience
general
Technique
live action
Label
A Canterbury tale, Eagle-Lion Distributors, Ltd. ; a production of the Archers ; Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger present ; written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ; Independent Film Distributors, Ltd, (videorecording DVD)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • A Canterbury tale: Originally produced as a British film in 1944
  • A pilgrim's return: Originally produced as a documentary film in 2001
  • A Canterbury trail: Originally produced as a documentary film in 2006
  • Listeninging to Britain: Originally produced in 2001
  • Listen to Britain: Originally released as a short documentary film in 1942
  • Disc 2: the supplements: Sheila Sim interview [featurette] (20 min.); A pilgrim's return, a documentary about John Sweet, by Nick Burton and Eddie McMillan [featurette] (23 min.); A Canterbury trail, a documentary visiting the film locations, by David Thompson [featurette] (24 min.); Listen to Britain, a 2001 video-installation piece inspired by A Canterbury Tale, by artist Victor Burgin [featurette] (7 min.); Listen to Britain, a 1942 documentary by Humphrey Jennings [featurette] (19 min.)
  • Booklet includes essays "A Canterbury Tale: 'Glorious, isn't it?'" by Graham Fuller, "A tribute" by Peter von Bagh, and "The Making of A Canterbury tale" by John Sweet
  • A Canterbury Tale: Filmed on location in Canterbury and surrounding villages in the county of Kent, England
  • A pilgrim's return: Filmed on location in Canterbury
  • A Canterbury trail: Filmed on location in the villages of Chilham, Fordwich, Shottenden, Wickhambreux, Wingham, and the city of Canterbury
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • filmed and directed by David Thompson
  • (2006) (24 min.)
  • Listening to Britain
  • (2001) (7 min.)
  • Listen to Britain
  • released by Office of War Information, Bureau of Motion Pictures, Washington, D.C. ; produced by the Crown Film Unit ; producer, Ian Dalrymple ; directed and edited by Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister
  • (1942) (19 min.)
  • Disc 1: the film
  • Prologue -- "Next stop, Canterbury" -- Mr. Colpeper -- Hand of glory -- Wheelwright -- "Things don't always add up" -- Landgirl -- Colpeper's lecture -- Village mystery -- Sticks and stones -- Salvage mission -- Miracles -- Higher courts -- "Always an organist" -- Caravan -- Heavenly messenger -- End credits -- Color bars
  • Special features: Optional audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie [audio feature] ; American version excerpts [featuring Kim Hunter] (12 min.)
  • disc two.
  • A pilgrim's return
  • a film by Nick Burton & Eddie McMillan ; Perigrinus Productions
  • (2001) (23 min.)
  • A Canterbury trail
Dimensions
4 3/4 in..
Dimensions
other
Edition
Special edition double-disc set.
Extent
2 videodiscs (124 min.)
Isbn
9781559409872
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
715515018920
Other physical details
sound, black and white
Publisher number
CC1639D
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • ocm70785037
  • 673473
  • (OCoLC)70785037
System details
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital mono; aspect ratio 1:33:1
Video recording format
DVD
Label
A Canterbury tale, Eagle-Lion Distributors, Ltd. ; a production of the Archers ; Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger present ; written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ; Independent Film Distributors, Ltd, (videorecording DVD)
Publication
Note
  • A Canterbury tale: Originally produced as a British film in 1944
  • A pilgrim's return: Originally produced as a documentary film in 2001
  • A Canterbury trail: Originally produced as a documentary film in 2006
  • Listeninging to Britain: Originally produced in 2001
  • Listen to Britain: Originally released as a short documentary film in 1942
  • Disc 2: the supplements: Sheila Sim interview [featurette] (20 min.); A pilgrim's return, a documentary about John Sweet, by Nick Burton and Eddie McMillan [featurette] (23 min.); A Canterbury trail, a documentary visiting the film locations, by David Thompson [featurette] (24 min.); Listen to Britain, a 2001 video-installation piece inspired by A Canterbury Tale, by artist Victor Burgin [featurette] (7 min.); Listen to Britain, a 1942 documentary by Humphrey Jennings [featurette] (19 min.)
  • Booklet includes essays "A Canterbury Tale: 'Glorious, isn't it?'" by Graham Fuller, "A tribute" by Peter von Bagh, and "The Making of A Canterbury tale" by John Sweet
  • A Canterbury Tale: Filmed on location in Canterbury and surrounding villages in the county of Kent, England
  • A pilgrim's return: Filmed on location in Canterbury
  • A Canterbury trail: Filmed on location in the villages of Chilham, Fordwich, Shottenden, Wickhambreux, Wingham, and the city of Canterbury
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • filmed and directed by David Thompson
  • (2006) (24 min.)
  • Listening to Britain
  • (2001) (7 min.)
  • Listen to Britain
  • released by Office of War Information, Bureau of Motion Pictures, Washington, D.C. ; produced by the Crown Film Unit ; producer, Ian Dalrymple ; directed and edited by Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister
  • (1942) (19 min.)
  • Disc 1: the film
  • Prologue -- "Next stop, Canterbury" -- Mr. Colpeper -- Hand of glory -- Wheelwright -- "Things don't always add up" -- Landgirl -- Colpeper's lecture -- Village mystery -- Sticks and stones -- Salvage mission -- Miracles -- Higher courts -- "Always an organist" -- Caravan -- Heavenly messenger -- End credits -- Color bars
  • Special features: Optional audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie [audio feature] ; American version excerpts [featuring Kim Hunter] (12 min.)
  • disc two.
  • A pilgrim's return
  • a film by Nick Burton & Eddie McMillan ; Perigrinus Productions
  • (2001) (23 min.)
  • A Canterbury trail
Dimensions
4 3/4 in..
Dimensions
other
Edition
Special edition double-disc set.
Extent
2 videodiscs (124 min.)
Isbn
9781559409872
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
715515018920
Other physical details
sound, black and white
Publisher number
CC1639D
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • ocm70785037
  • 673473
  • (OCoLC)70785037
System details
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital mono; aspect ratio 1:33:1
Video recording format
DVD
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