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Arabian Nights
 
 

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy 1974
130 mins. Italian dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : GRAND PRIX SPÉCIAL DU JURY AT 1974 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 
A lyrical and sensuous cinematic treatment from one of the world's greatest film-makers, of stories from The Thousand and One Nights, filmed in Yemen, Ethiopia, Iran and Nepal.  Pasolini focuses on the book's more erotic tales, framed by the story of a young man's quest to reconnect with his beloved slave girl.  Full of lustrous sets, costumes and stunning location photography, Arabian Nights is a fierce and joyous exploration of human sexuality.  Engrossing, mysterious, profound and liberating.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"Mildly erotic, slightly deranged, and beautifully entertaining, this is one of the Italian director's finest works."  (Film4)

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