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Arabian Nights (1995)

Ninetto Davoli , Franco Citti , Pier Paolo Pasolini  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti
  • Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: AIS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2X2CG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,721 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ARABIAN NIGHTS - July 7, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
My first experience with Pasolini was his "Salo" movie and it was a mixed experience I am still contemplating. However, "Arabian Nights" was my second outing with this director and I found this film to be an enchanting, atmospheric work of art. This is what the real tales of the Arabian Nights must have resembled. No Hollywood glitz, no gilding of any lillies, only alluring scenery filled with lurid tales of love, lust, revenge and fulfillment. Really try to see this masterpiece! Next for me will be the "Decameron" and then, "Canterbury Tales". Thank you.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, poetry in cinema... February 17, 2002
I've been recently watching this movie again and I was so glad that I went through the expense and bought this out of print DVD. This is the movie that is bigger that its genre, it is a poem indeed. This is the case with other films that are art and not just entertainment. I actually find Arabian Nights more exotic and romantic that Canterbury Tales, but I would not judge which is my favorite among the three of them (i.e. plus Decameron). Each has its own character and I believe Pasolini excelled in conveying that special air and mood that each book represents. I find Arabian Nights also the most melancholic and mysterious, and I think that it was Pasolini's goal, also. I wouldn't say that the people in this film are necessarily beautiful - Pasolini aesthetics are quite controversial and might not be universally accepted. This is the case with all his films. The incredible result, though, is that with non-professional actors and himself not having any cinematography education, he achieved the pinnacle of cinema art. For me, films like this is the same to cinema as Michelangelo's creations are to sculpture, and it is only incomprehensible how come that it's almost impossible to buy Pasolini's DVDs at a reasonable price, especially when looking at the mass production garbage that occupies shelves of video stores. The irony is that Pasolini was tormented by the same question about the role of crude and mindless entertainment being served from TV. I hope that despite everything, his art will live and win over people minds...Last advice for viewers - steer clear if you don't like "boring foreign movies with subtitles and without action". This is exactly it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T LISTEN TO THE CRITICS AND BUY IT! March 23, 2000
Don't listen to se people who says that this movie is not well-done and there's a bad acting. This is the poetique of Pasolini, one of the most intellectual writers-poets-directors- of Europe. Difficult to appreciate in a first moment, you will understand his kind of direction (poor and with non professional actors, a sort of refusal to the capitalistic cinema) probabily when you will read his books about his movie-theories. This is one of his best movies, but Salò is definitively the best, a summary of his controversial ideals (he was communist and catholic at the same time, and his little movie 'La Ricotta' was excommunicated by the Pope). His movies testify a tormented age of politics and ideals in Europe during the '60 and the '70.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REFRESHING FILM April 5, 2000
Beautiful scenes of exotic, beautiful people and a wholesome, human approach to sexuality. Passolini allowed the landscape and the actors/actresses to speak for themselves rather than direct and stage his film to death. Relax and enjoy this film as a journey to distant lands with a more relaxed approach to life and storytelling.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A graceful film October 13, 1999
By A Customer
Filmed in Yemen, Nepal and Morocco,this is a wonderful picture.The way the faces are filmed,the way sex is filmed(with a complete innocence),Pasolini filmed landscapes like a real painter.A masterpiece
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful,hypnotic,sensuous April 1, 1999
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Pasolni's third installment in his"Trilogy of Life" is a beautiful,hypnotic,sensuous art film!A true masterpiece of exotic eros.Filmed in Morroco,it tells severaltales from Sheherazade's "One Thousand and One Nights". Also, check out "TheDecameron" and "The Canterbury Tales".Recommended for adults only,and forlovers of bold,provocative cinema.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This film version keeps much of the eroticism in Sir Richard Burton's original translation, which previous movie treatments saw fit to water down... Great care was taken in the details: it was shot on location (Africa and the Middle East) and a dark skinned girl was cast as the princess... The acting is extremely good, and the stories connect in and out in intriguing fashion...

The film selects some of the more popular of the Arabian Nights stories, but intertwines them in strange ways... Like the original, many stories lead into other stories and again into others...

One of the most erotic sequences is when two supernatural beings decide to play a trick on a virginal girl and boy... The beings make each young person seduce the other while he or she is asleep... In another scene, one of the heroes finds himself in a pool with a group of very pretty, very nude Arabian women, who tease and tickle him into an intense joy...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Adult "Arabian Nights" March 30, 2010
This is Pasolini's third film in his "Trilogy Of Life" (the first two being "The Decameron" and "Canterbury Nights." This film was shot on location in Yemen, Persia, Nepal, Etiopia, and India. Pasolini's practice of using non-actors and real people really shines in this, the people are as real, and often as ugly and as desert-beaten as the buildings.

This film does present several tales of the "One Thousand Nights And A Night", but only someone who has read the unexpurgated 10-volume set would be familiar with The Tale of Ali Shar and Zumurud, the main story in this film, in which a Slave Girl gives a young man, Ali Shar, the funds to buy her, only to later lose her, and who spends the rest of the story searching for her. Don't look for Sinbad and Aladdin here, the several other stories are equally obscure to an American audience.

Be aware that this film is generally released in it's original Italian, without overdubbing. Such subtitles as exist on Region 2 and Region 1 & 4 combined editions may not contain English subtitles. Criterion has been proposing to release all three of Pasolini's "Trilogy Of Life" films, so the potential buyer might wish to wait for that edition to be released.

There is violence in this film. Animals were obviously killed. There is full frontal nudity of both sexes and of varying ages. The actor who plays Ali Shar doesn't appear to be more than 16, he delightedly has sex on-film with a woman 10 years older than he. Several times. This film wouldn't be allowed to be released in America in 2010, for the same reasons that Traci Lords early sex films are similarly banned. This film is not for Family Viewing. But if you are an open-minded consenting adult, this is a very accessible film from one of the geniuses of 60's & 70's Italian Cinema that truly classifies as "Art."
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2.0 out of 5 stars I will watch this movie when I am out of the country.
I like Passolini films, and have seen Canterbury Tales and The Decameron and enjoyed them. This film has a format which does not work in Canada.
Published 19 months ago by Roger Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful rendering of Pasolini's "Arabian Nights"
This 2-disc package is produced by the British Film Institute; it contains a Region 2 Blu-ray version with the sound track in Italian and the option to display high-res English... Read more
Published on August 1, 2012 by Richard Lepine
4.0 out of 5 stars Enduring Tales of Love
Pasolini ended his Trilogy of Life with 1974's Arabian Nights (Il fiore delle mille e una notte) in which he examined love in all its aspects. Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by Bryan A. Pfleeger
1.0 out of 5 stars dvd zones 1 or 2
beware when ordering dvd's that they can be played in your zone. Unscrupulous vendors will not warn you that you are purchasing a dvd that can only be played on an other continent. Read more
Published on February 6, 2011 by ninetto
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Images
Pasolini's directing style might not suit everyone. Strange grinning actors, lingering scenes, but it was 'HIS' style and it interesting to watch. Read more
Published on July 4, 2010 by Robbie Ancel
5.0 out of 5 stars Arabian Nights
As if I walked into a dream; actually many dreams. The stories are interwoven and you get hooked on each.
Published on June 15, 2004 by Amal
2.0 out of 5 stars A DVD zone THEY LIKE IT BUT I DON'T
I perfectly understand that the cinema of, let's say, Werner Herzog, King Vidor or Andrei Tarkovski, can be described as poetic but I don't think that this adjective is relevant... Read more
Published on January 24, 2004 by Daniel S.
1.0 out of 5 stars If it's dreamlike, then it was a bad dream
Like a National Geographic documentary about this part of the world with scenes of bad acting edited in, all incoherently edited and incompetently filmed. Read more
Published on October 8, 2003
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