Arabian Nights (1974 film)
|Directed by||Pier Paolo Pasolini|
|Produced by||Alberto Grimaldi|
|Written by||Dacia Maraini
Pier Paolo Pasolini
|Based on||One Thousand and One Nights
by Various authors
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Edited by||Nino Baragli
Tatiana Casini Morigi
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|June 20, 1974|
|155 minutes (lost original cut)
The film is an adaptation of the ancient Arabic anthology The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, better known as The Arabian Nights. It is the last of Pasolini's "Trilogy of Life", which began with The Decameron and continued with The Canterbury Tales. The lead was played by young Franco Merli who was discovered for this film by Pasolini.
The film contains abundant nudity, sex and slapstick humor. It preserves the eroticism and the story-within-a-story structure of Arabian Nights and has been called "perhaps the best and certainly the most intelligent" of Arabian Nights film adaptations.
The main story concerns an innocent young man, Nur-e-Din (Franco Merli), who comes to fall in love with a slave girl, Zumurrud (Ines Pellegrini), who selected him as her master. After a foolish error of his causes her to be abducted, he travels in search of her. Meanwhile, Zumurrud manages to escape and, disguised as a man, comes to a far-away kingdom where she becomes king. Various other travelers recount their own tragic and romantic experiences, including 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 (Franco Citti). Interwoven are Nur-e-Din's continuous search for Zumurrud and his (mostly erotic) adventures. In the end he arrives at the far-away kingdom and is reunited with Zumurrud.
- Ninetto Davoli – Aziz
- Franco Citti – The Demon
- Franco Merli – Nur Ed Din
- Tessa Bouché – Aziza
- Ines Pellegrini – Zumurrud
- Margareth Clementi – Aziz's mother
- Luigina Rocchi – Budur
- Alberto Argentino – Prince Shahzmah
- Francesco Paolo Governale – Prince Tagi
- Salvatore Sapienza – Prince Yunan
- Zeudi Biasolo – Zeudi
- Barbara Grandi
- Elisabetta Genovese – Munis
- Gioacchino Castellini
- Arabian Nights at the Internet Movie Database
- Arabian Nights at AllMovie
- "Pasolini's Splendid Infidelities: Un/Faithful Film Versions of The Thousand and One Nights" by Michael James Lundell. Adaptation: The Journal of Literature On Screen Studies (2012).