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Arabian Nights (1974)

Il fiore delle mille e una notte (original title)
Ancient Arabia. A youth is chosen by a beautiful slave girl to be her new master; she is kidnapped and they must search for each other. Stories are told within stories; love, travel and the whims of destiny.

Writers:

Pier Paolo Pasolini, Dacia Maraini (script collaboration)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ninetto Davoli ... Aziz
Franco Citti ... The Demon
Franco Merli ... Nur Ed Din
Tessa Bouché Tessa Bouché ... Aziza
Ines Pellegrini ... Zumurrud
Margareth Clémenti Margareth Clémenti ... Aziz's mother (as Margaret Clementi)
Claudia Rocchi Claudia Rocchi ... Budur (as Luigina Rocchi)
Alberto Argentino Alberto Argentino ... Prince Shahzmah
Francesco Paolo Governale Francesco Paolo Governale ... Prince Tagi
Salvatore Sapienza Salvatore Sapienza ... Prince Yunan
Zeudi Biasolo Zeudi Biasolo ... Zeudi
Barbara Grandi Barbara Grandi
Elisabetta Genovese ... Munis (as Elisabetta Vito Genovese)
Gioacchino Castellini Gioacchino Castellini
Abadit Ghidei Abadit Ghidei ... Princess Dunya
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Storyline

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


Certificate:

NC-17 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

20 June 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Arabian Nights See more »

Filming Locations:

Zabid, Yemen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The film was cut for UK cinema with heavy edits to all shots of genital nudity, a man firing a phallic shaped arrow at a woman, and a naked man having wine licked from his feet but passed completely intact by the BBFC in 2001. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Salò: Fade to Black (2001) See more »

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The sexual encounters in the film are strongly uninhibited, but not graphic or explicit...
30 August 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

This film version keeps much of the eroticism in Sir Richard Burton's original translation, which previous movie treatments saw fit to water down… Great care was taken in the details: it was shot on location (Africa and the Middle East) and a dark skinned girl was cast as the princess… The acting is extremely good, and the stories connect in and out in intriguing fashion...

The film selects some of the more popular of the Arabian Nights stories, but intertwines them in strange ways… Like the original, many stories lead into other stories and again into others…

One of the most erotic sequences is when two supernatural beings decide to play a trick on a virginal girl and boy… The beings make each young person seduce the other while he or she is asleep… In another scene, one of the heroes finds himself in a pool with a group of very pretty, very nude Arabian women, who tease and tickle him into an intense joy…


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