• Italy
  • 1974
  • 130 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #634

Pier Paolo Pasolini traveled to Africa, Nepal, and the Middle East to realize this ambitious cinematic treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary The Thousand and One Nights. This is not the fairy-tale world of Scheherazade or Aladdin, though. Instead, the director focuses on the book’s more erotic tales, framed by the story of a young man’s quest to reconnect with his beloved slave girl. Full of lustrous sets and costumes and stunning location photography, Arabian Nights is a fierce and joyous exploration of human sexuality.

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Introduction by director Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • On “Arabian Nights,” a new visual essay by film scholar Tony Rayns
  • Deleted scenes, with transcriptions of the dialogue from the original script
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini and the Form of the City (1974), a sixteen-minute documentary by Pasolini and Paolo Brunatto about the Italian cities Orte and Sabaudia
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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Arabian Nights: Brave Old World

By Colin MacCabeNovember 13, 2012

Rejecting the orientalism of other adaptations, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s take on the classic . . . Read more »

Clippings

Meet Ninetto Davoli

October 25, 2013

We couldn’t resist sharing this Fandor interview with Pier Paolo Pasolini actor Ninetto . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries


Video

Arabian Nights

Pasolini Speaks

November 14, 2012

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Photo Galleries

Trilogy of Life Packaging

November 14, 2012


Film Essays

Arab_feature_current_thumbnail

Arabian Nights: Brave Old World

By Colin MacCabeNovember 13, 2012

Rejecting the orientalism of other adaptations, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s take on the classic . . . Read more »

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