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Arabian Nights (1974)

Il fiore delle mille e una notte (original title)
NC-17 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 20 June 1974 (Italy)
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.

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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


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

20 June 1974 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Zabid, Yemen See more »

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Runtime:

| (premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Italian censorship visa #64574 delivered on 11-5-1974. See more »

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

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Exotic, erotic, authentic
12 February 2006 | by franchevalSee all my reviews

This very unique rendering of the Arabian Nights was filmed in natural locations in places as diverse as Ethiopia, Yemen, Iran and Nepal. The beauty of the landscapes is breathtaking, and makes the film an incredible voyage into time and space.

Please note that this movie is an explicitly erotic one, but one tends to forget that the original Arabian Nights were very much so, and not fairy tales for children. It is certainly difficult to make an erotic masterpiece, as sexual content does not make a movie better. It rather tends generally to get crassly exploitative, and rarely beautiful. There is plenty of sex in this movie, but it is depicted in a natural, feel-good and intelligent way that is rarely to be found elsewhere.

By the way, this movie should be seen again at the light of nowadays controversies. The Muslim world was far from always having been puritanical, and the sensual poetry that is rendered here is not Pasolini's invention. It is the faithful reflection of a hedonistic Orient that produced for instance poet Omar Khayyam as well as the original Arabian Nights. It is also a film about love, the most gripping part being the tragic and mysterious tale of Aziz and Aziza.

Don't expect any Aladdin or Ali Baba stuff here, you already figured this out. Anyway, it would be impossible to make a complete film version of the Arabian Nights, so this work just shows a few excerpts combined together (the Italian title is in in fact "the flower of the Arabian Nights"). However, the trend of the tales is respected in the sense that all the stories are interwoven into one another and eventually come back to the original plot.

The atmosphere of ancient Orient is rendered in a style that is lightyears away from usual clichés, and in an incredibly authentic and physical way. At times, you get the illusion that you feel the blazing sun on your skin, that you can smell the exotic vegetation, the sand, the noisy bazaars full of spices. There are a few flaws though : visible cutting, unadapted stances of classical music. The use of non professional actors was common for Pasolini, and gives a pleasant feeling of naive freshness.

The movie is probably Pasolini's best, and belongs to the "trilogy of Life" that included "the Decameron" and "the Canterbury tales", also literature classics. But much more than the two others, this movie is an ode to life. Hard to suspect that Pasolini's last work would be an ode to death. "Arabian Nights" belongs to the golden age of Italian cinema, that was incredibly prolific and innovative in the sixties and seventies.

All in all, not a family movie, but if you are curious and open-minded, get ready for a beautiful journey.


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