1001 Nights (film)

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Les 1001 Nuits
Les-1001-Nuits.jpg
French film poster for Les 1001 Nuits
Directed by Philippe de Broca
Written by
  • Philippe de Broca
  • Jérôme Tonnerre
Starring
Music by Gabriel Yared
Cinematography Jean Tournier
Edited by Henri Lanoë
Distributed by UGC - General Union Film
Release date(s)
  • 1990 (1990)
[1]
Running time 100 minutes
Country France
Italy

Les 1001 Nuits is a French-Italian fantasy film loosely based on the ancient Persian legend One Thousand and One Nights. It is directed by Philippe de Broca and stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Sheherazade who has married a King (Thierry Lhermitte) who desires to have many virgin wives but only one at a time. As soon as the King has sex with a new wife, he has her put to death at sunrise. Sheherazade delays this unfortunate ending by putting off the connubial event for a thousand and one nights, telling irresistible stories that are unfinished when the sun rises. In this version, Sheherazade finds a magical lamp that holds the genie Jimmy Genius (Gerard Jugnot) who is from the 20th century. Jimmy helps Sheherazade by providing her with 20th-century technology including a parachute that is used to drop a nude Sheherazade into a man's lap.[1]

Actress Catherine Zeta Jones received her first film role in Les 1001 Nuits. The film was shot in 1989 and released in 1990 to little acclaim.

Cast[edit]

Catherine Zeta Jones (pictured in 1999) had her film debut in Les 1001 Nuits

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Production[edit]

Production on Les 1001 Nuits began on April 17, 1989.[2] The lead actress Catherine Zeta-Jones was performing at the West End theatre when she was spotted by Philippe de Broca who offered her the role in the film.[3] The film was shot in France, Morocco, and Tunisia.[2] Production ended on August 1, 1989.[2]

Release[edit]

The film was released in 1990.[1] In Paris, the film sold 29340 tickets in its first week. At the end of its theatrical run in Paris, it sold 72,409 tickets.[2] The film was released on VHS in 1990 in France.[2]

Reception[edit]

In 2004, The Daily Telegraph stated the film received "little acclaim" and was remembered mostly for "its enjoyable nude scenes".[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fountain, Clarke. "Les 1001 Nuits". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Les Mille et une nuits". Bifi.fr (in French). Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ Collar, Camilla. "Catherine Zeta-Jones". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Philippe de Broca". The Daily Telegraph. November 29, 2004. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 

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