Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights (1974)

Pier Paolo Pasolini reshapes The Arabian Nights to conform to his own vision of sexuality. An Arabian Prince, searching for a slave girl with whom he has fallen in love, is told a series of erotic fantasy stories. Each tale strengthens his… More

Rated: NC-17
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DVD Release Date: October 13, 1998
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A typical puzzlement from Pasolini, a major figure who never made a major film.

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TV Guide

A lyrical celebration of polymorphous sexuality.

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Jeremy Heilman

Pasolini's Arabian Nights succeeds mostly because it never assumes neither frank carnality nor flights of fancy are beneath us.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The final film of the Trilogy of Life further develops Pasolini's notions of the relationship of narrative to an idealized medieval world.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though not emotionally involving, it's visually beautiful and the stories have a dazzling magical appeal.

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Mildly erotic, slightly deranged, and beautifully entertaining, this is one of the Italian director's finest works.

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Cassandra Maples
Truth is not in only one dream but in many dreams. At once treachery in this sun-crashed world. Treachery of a slave who chooses her master. Treachery of a… More