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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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"The truth is not revealed in one dream, but in many..." See more (28 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
 
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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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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:
This film is the final entry in director Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Trilogy of Life", following The Decameron (1971) and The Canterbury Tales (1972).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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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15 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
"The truth is not revealed in one dream, but in many...", 29 August 2001
Author: enicholson from Venice Beach

This film obscures the boundaries between myth, dream and cinema, or rather, perhaps, it helps create a new kind of art altogether of the three. As tales of myth, the interwoven stories in this film act as lessons of love and heartbreak, collective dreams and fantasies of staggering beauty. Destiny is a major theme in this film, as though human beings all live the same lives, as though humankind's greatest desires and fears are gifts and curses from the gods -- the end residue remaining in the beauty and wisdom of poetry, spoken and visual. Are the concepts of fate and determinism the source of this mythical beauty? Perhaps. Maybe poetry and truth come from a resignation and surrender to forces which humans will never ultimately understand, but can only either submit to or try to battle. But fate is the result of chance and choice -- often hard, foolish choices taken in the chance encounter of beauty and dreams.

All of the episodes have something great to them: the story of Nur in search of his slave lover Zummuru; the story of the flighty, fickle Aziz and the true Aziza; the story of the artist trying to free is lover from the capture of a demon, etc. All of the stories are linked by the parable of the dove freeing the pigeon, only to become enslaved herself. All those who are free owe their freedom to the burden of some else's slavery and suffering, and someone else's great poetry and artistry. Could this be the truth revealed in many dreams? Maybe it's the main truth Pasolini strives toward; there must be others too.

Ennio Morricone has created some very beautiful music for this film. The harp strings overwhelm us unexpectedly when we first encounter the story of the pigeon and the dove. The settings are amazing, throughout Yemen, Ethiopia, Iran and other locations. Only Pasolini can get these kind of performances from his actors -- at once obvious and staged, while also unselfconscious and natural. The visual style is typical Pasolini, using only natural light.

The only other films I've ever seen that remotely resemble this one are the films of Jean Cocteau. Filmed myths of ageless beauty we can only stagger out of the theater upon viewing and at some point on the way home thank these masters for their hard choices and their slavery to art.

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