Il fiore delle mille e una notte (Flower of the Arabian Nights) (Arabian Nights)
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Il fiore delle mille e una notte (Flower of the Arabian Nights) (Arabian Nights)
This lush anthology of erotic tales was filmed in four countries (Iran, Nepal, Yemen, and Eritrea) over a period of more than two years. Completing the literary cycle begun by Pier Pasolini in Il Decamerone and I Racconti di Canterbury, this one is perhaps the most controversial of the lot, engendering reactions from admiration to dismissal. The connecting story deals with Mur el-Din (Franco Merli), a prince searching for his slave girl lover, Zumurrud (Ines Pellegrini), who has been kidnapped, only to disguise herself as a man, take a wife, and become ruler of a great city. Mur el-Din's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A typical puzzlement from Pasolini, a major figure who never made a major film."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A lyrical celebration of polymorphous sexuality."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Pasolini's Arabian Nights succeeds mostly because it never assumes neither frank carnality nor flights of fancy are beneath us."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"while Arabian Nights has its share of impressive vistas and narrative trickery, its fundamental emotional disconnect renders it inert--a beautiful bit of exotic fantasy that quickly dissipates"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The final film of the Trilogy of Life further develops Pasolini's notions of the relationship of narrative to an idealized medieval world."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Though not emotionally involving, it's visually beautiful and the stories have a dazzling magical appeal."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mildly erotic, slightly deranged, and beautifully entertaining, this is one of the Italian director's finest works."
‑ , Film4