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Il fiore delle mille e una notte
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Pier Paolo Pasolini
Dacia Maraini (script collaboration)
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20 June 1974 (Italy) See more »
Pier Paolo Pasolini's Tales of the Arabian Nights
In this film inspired by the ancient erotic and mysterious tales of Mid-West Asia, the main story concerns... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Third (and best) part of the trilogy of life. See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ninetto Davoli ... Aziz

Franco Citti ... The Demon

Franco Merli ... Nur Ed Din
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
Christian Aligny (as Christian Alegny)
Salvatore Verdetti ... Barsum
Jocelyne Munchenbach
Luigi Antonio Guerra
Jeanne Gauffin Mathieu
Francelise Noel
Franca Sciutto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ali Abdulla ... (uncredited)
Fessazion Gherentiel ... Berhane (uncredited)
Giana Idris ... Giana (uncredited)
Mohamed Ali Zedi ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Pier Paolo Pasolini 
Writing credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini 

Dacia Maraini (script collaboration)

Produced by
Alberto Grimaldi .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Ruzzolini 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
Tatiana Casini Morigi 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
Makeup Department
Iole Cecchini .... hair stylist
Massimo Giustini .... makeup artist
Production Management
Giuseppe Banchelli .... production supervisor
Mario Di Biase .... production manager
Alessandro Mattei .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Umberto Angelucci .... assistant director
Peter Shepherd .... assistant director
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Luciano Welisch .... sound
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Marcello Mastrogirolamo .... assistant to camera operator
Angelo Pennoni .... still photographer
Alessandro Ruzzolini .... camera operator
Claudio Sabatini .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Stephen Bearman .... colorist
Ugo De Rossi .... assistant editor
Alfredo Menchini .... assistant editor
Enzo Ocone .... supervising editor
Other crew
Beatrice Banfi .... continuity
Carla Crovato .... production secretary
Maurizio Forti .... administrator
Nico Naldini .... press
Daniele Tiberi .... administrator
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Il fiore delle mille e una notte" - Italy (original title)
"Flower of the Arabian Nights" - International (English title)
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130 min | France:155 min (Cannes Film Festival) (premiere)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (1974) (cut) | France:-16 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:16 | Norway:15 (2005) (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:(Banned) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (2001) | USA:NC-17 (re-rating) (1991) | USA:X (original rating) (1979)
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Italian censorship visa # 64574 delivered on 11-5-1974.See more »
Factual errors: 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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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Third (and best) part of the trilogy of life., 31 August 2003
Author: dbdumonteil

"Fiore delle mille e una notte" ,which won special prize at CANNES 1974 is the third part of what Pasolini called the trilogy of life which encompasses "il decameron" (1971) and" racconti di Canterbury" (1972). It's the most accessible of all Pasolini movies ,and weren't it for the numerous nudities,it would appeal to large audience.

This must be the script:it's much better than the two first films because the story is built à la Shéhérazade ,with plots ,subplots and subsubplots which fit into each other;and although sex is the main vector,it features enough twists to sustain the interest throughout.It does not forget magic (the segment which features Ninetto Davoli,Pasolini's favorite actor,uses a lot of symbols)and mystery (the adolescent who must be killed when he's fifteen ).Humor is less vulgar than in "di racconti di Canterbury" The little riddle "the aromatic grass of the fields" "the slit pomegranate" and "the inn of the warm welcome " is witty.

Little did we know that Pasolini would follow his trilogy of life with the most depressing work ever made :"Salo" (1975).

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