• 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 MacCabe November 13, 2012

Rejecting the orientalism of other adaptations, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s take on the classic tales is humane and erotic. Read more »

On Five

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From the Pasolini Archives

March 05, 2018

On the anniversary of his birth, we look back on the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini, one of the most radical figures of Italian cinema. Read more »


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Clippings

Meet Ninetto Davoli

October 25, 2013

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


Behind the Scenes


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Film Essays

Arab_feature_current_thumbnail

Arabian Nights: Brave Old World

By Colin MacCabe November 13, 2012

Rejecting the orientalism of other adaptations, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s take on the classic tales is humane and erotic. Read more »

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