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|ARABIAN NIGHTS (IL FIORE DELLE MILLE E UNA NOTTE) (director/writer: Pier Paolo Pasolini; screenwriter: Dacia Maraini; cinematographer: Giuseppe Ruzzolini; editors: Nino Baragli/Tatiana Casini Morigi; music: Ennio Morricone; cast: Ninetto Davoli (Aziz), Franco Citti (The Demon), Franco Merli (Mur El- Din), Ines Pellegrini (Zumurrud), Margaret Clementi (Aziz's Mother), Tessa Bouché (Aziza); Runtime: 130; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Alberto Grimaldi; Film Prestige; 1974-Italy-in Italian with English subtitles)|
|"Though not emotionally
involving, it's visually beautiful and the stories
have a dazzling magical appeal."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
The last and best leg of
the medieval trilogy by Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo
Pasolini ("Accattone!"/"Teorema"/"The Gospel According
to St. Matthew"), in his penultimate film following The
Decameron and The
Canterbury Tales. It's a lighthearted romp in
flights of fancy that has ten erotic romantic tales
that are framed around the story of the callow youth
Mur El- Din (Franco Merli ) searching for
his bubbly kidnapped slave girl Zumurrud (Ines Pellegrini), who under strange
circumstances while dressed as a man is made a city
king and is forced to marry a young girl.
Pasolini took two years to
film it and shot it in Yemen, Eritrea, Iran and Nepal.
Though not emotionally involving, it's visually
beautiful and the stories have a dazzling magical
appeal. Pasolini lays out themes of betrayal, loss and
atonement that involve slaves, kings, bandits and
demons, with every sequence sexually charged.
This bawdy cut version from
155 minutes to 130 minutes, leaves some of the ten
tales cut and gives the pic a muddled feeling.
REVIEWED ON 8/10/2011 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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