Arabian Nights (1974)
"Il fiore delle mille e una notte" (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tessa Bouché ...
Ines Pellegrini ...
Margareth Clémenti ...
Aziz's mother (as Margaret Clementi)
Luigina Rocchi ...
Alberto Argentino ...
Prince Shahzmah
Francesco Paolo Governale ...
Prince Tagi
Salvatore Sapienza ...
Prince Yunan
Zeudi Biasolo ...
Barbara Grandi
Elisabetta Genovese ...
Munis (as Elisabetta Vito Genovese)
Gioacchino Castellini
Abadit Ghidei ...
Princess Dunya


In this film inspired by the ancient erotic and mysterious tales of Mid-West Asia, the main story concerns an innocent young man who comes to fall in love with a slave who selected him as her master. After his foolish error causes their separation, he travels in search of her. Various other travelers who recount their own tragic and romantic experiences include stories of a young man who becomes enraptured by a mysterious woman on his wedding day, and a man who is determined to free a woman from a demon. Written by scgary66

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Pier Paolo Pasolini's Tales of the Arabian Nights


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Italian censorship visa # 64574 delivered on 11-5-1974. See more »


When Aziz sees Budur for the first time, the moon is waxing or waning. When he returns after two days to sit under her window, the moon is full. See more »

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"Truth lies not in one dream, but in many." - Arabian Nights See more »


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Spellbinding and poetry made cinema
18 March 2005 | by (The House of Good Schlock) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite Pasolini film. This version of Arabian Nights does away with the slave girl telling a master tales: it tells the tale of a slave girl who outwits every man she contacts. First at the slave market she arranges to have herself bought by a young man instead of an old coot. Then she has to teach the man how to make love. Throughout the poem (it works better as visual poetry) Zummarud, the slave girl, gets into one mess after another with all kinds of men (kings, crooks, and governors): every time she outwits them. Along the way are various poetic tales of betrayal and justice (and other things.) Definitely not in the Aladdin vein and a masterpiece of cinema.

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