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3.8
1,033 Ratings

Arabian Nights

Il fiore delle mille e una notte

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Italy, France, 1974
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Synopsis

To realize this ambitious treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary “The Thousand and One Nights”, Pasolini focuses on the book’s erotic tales. Full of lustrous sets and costumes and stunning location photography, Arabian Nights is a fierce and joyous exploration of human sexuality.

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Arabian Nights Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Pasolini’s final film of the trilogy has both a looser and a tighter narrative structure than the previous two. Tighter because the love story of Zumurrud and Nur ed Din provides a beginning and an end to the story we watch. Looser because, within that structure, the fluidity of the narration is even more marked, as the film effortlessly glides from story to story.
November 13, 2012
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The storytelling is ponderous, but the moods are spellbinding. The magic that we usually associate with these tales is kept in the wings until the later sequences and is awkwardly handled when it appears. It’s the magic of the people and the places that holds Pasolini’s interest, and the quality that most sustains this genuinely other-worldly film is its almost primeval strangeness.
February 01, 1975
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Though the relentless objectification of the frolicking bodies looks forward to the cool Sadean ferocity of Salo, the style is light, casual, frivolous—it doesn’t have the intensity or obsessiveness of pornography, yet it doesn’t seem to have any other point. A typical puzzlement from Pasolini, a major figure who never made a major film.
January 01, 1980
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