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Il fiore delle mille e una notte
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Writers:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Dacia Maraini (script collaboration)
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Release Date:
20 June 1974 (Italy) See more »
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Pier Paolo Pasolini's Tales of the Arabian Nights
Plot:
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Awards:
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Cast

  (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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Additional Details

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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Runtime:
130 min | France:155 min (Cannes Film Festival) (premiere)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (1974) (cut) | France:-16 | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:16 | 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) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
Italian censorship visa # 64574 delivered on 11-5-1974.See more »
Goofs:
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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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
At least it's different..., 4 December 2006
Author: rbverhoef (rbverhoef@hotmail.com) from The Hague, Netherlands

'Il Fiore delle mille e una notte', or 'Arabian Nights', is Pier Paolo Pasolini's final film from his "trilogy of life" and his second to last film in general. His last of course is 'Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom', the controversial first film from his "trilogy of death".

With 'Arabian Nights' Pasolini combines a couple of stories from the book 'A Thousand and One Nights' into one story, although the film itself still feels very episodic. All parts of the story deal with love, or actually I should say lust, ending in sex. Especially the penis gets enough screen time here, it might as well be the leading character. The sex scenes themselves are, in my opinion, not very sensual or erotic (although they admittedly are when you compare them to such scenes in any other Pasolini film) which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it becomes exactly that when more than half the movie exists out of them.

On the other hand the film is pretty entertaining, mostly for its oddness. That again, is something we see in almost any other Pasolini film. His distant approach adds to that feeling, especially when he shows violent images. One might not expect them in a film that arguably celebrates love and sex. Another factor for the oddness is the terrible acting, especially from the men. Maybe good acting is impossible for them here since Pasolini presents them as a bunch of whiners who would do anything for love. Of course, once again, with love I mean sex. The Italian language in the Eastern setting is another thing that feels pretty weird as well. All these elements add to the oddness which makes the film more entertaining than it probably should have been.

I have to conclude with saying that I sort of admire Pasolini. I think only his 'Il vangelo secundo Matteo' can be considered as a truly great film, mostly since his approach is the distant one. I think that is a good thing when it comes to a religious film like that. that approach in his other films is not always the right one, but it is one aspect of why his films are different, often daring. Even when not much is happening, or when we have no clue what is happening, or when we normally would not care that much, Pasolini keeps it kind of interesting.

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