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The Arabian Nights Details

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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 [[Performer~P105725~Pier Pasolini~pierpaolopasolini]] in [[Feature~V12991~Il Decamerone~thedecameron]] and [[Feature~V8043~I Racconti di Canterbury~thecanterburytales]], 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 ([[Performer~P55838~Ines Pellegrini~inespellegrini]]), 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 quest carries him to the ends of his known world, where he listens to several stories of carnality and betrayal. The continuity and fluidity of the film depend entirely on the version screened, because several different cuts exist; producer Alberto Grimaldi insisted on a 130-minute release, whereas Pasolini and United Artists preferred the unexpurgated 155-minute version with its ten stories all intact. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Crew

Pier Paolo Pasolini
Director
Alberto Grimaldi
Producer
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Screenwriter
Dacia Maraini
Screenwriter
Giuseppe Ruzzolini
Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone
Composer (Music Score)
Enzo Ocone
Editor
Nino Baragli
Editor
Tatiana Casini
Editor
Dante Ferretti
Art Director
Danilo Donati
Costume Designer
Peter Shepard
First Assistant Director
Giuseppe Banchelli
Production Manager
Massimo Giustini
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