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

 -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  20 June 1974 (Italy)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Aziz
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Franco Merli ...
Tessa Bouché ...
Aziza
Ines Pellegrini ...
Zumurrud
Margareth Clémenti ...
Aziz's mother (as Margaret Clementi)
Luigina Rocchi ...
Budur
Alberto Argentino ...
Prince Shahzmah
Francesco Paolo Governale ...
Prince Tagi
Salvatore Sapienza ...
Prince Yunan
Zeudi Biasolo ...
Zeudi
Barbara Grandi
Elisabetta Genovese ...
Munis (as Elisabetta Vito Genovese)
Gioacchino Castellini
Abadit Ghidei ...
Princess Dunya
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In this film inspired by the ancient erotic and mysterious tales of the Middle East, 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 »

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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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Strange, Poetic Filled with Moments of Greatness
18 March 2004 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This was the penultimate film of the great Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini. It also concludes his "Trilogy of Life", based on medieval story collections (the others are "The Decameron" and "The Canterbury Tales"). Like the others in the series, this is a portmanteau film (i.e. the film is not just one story but several).

The film begins with a young man's search for his slave girl lover, who has been abducted. Along the way, several stories from "The Arabian Nights" are told.

The film has a very loose structure. There are stories, within stories, within stories. This can be quite confusing at times. It was filmed in Iran, Yemen and Nepal and the countries look absolutely spectacular. The main flaw of the film is that it does show signs of being hastily cut (Pasolini himself reduced the film by half an hour before general release, and there may have been cuts due to the censors). This often makes the film seem quite disjointed. One of the dominant themes in this film is love and sex, and yes, there is a lot of explicit nudity here.

The film touches on dreams, reality, deception, truth, freedom and slavery. While by no means perfect, there are times when the Pasolini's genius and humanity shines through.


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