Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1974 • Italy
Starring Ninetto Davoli, Ines Pellegrini, Franco Citti
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.