Arabian Nights/ Il fiore delle mille e una notte (1974)

3.0 out of 5

Ancient mysticism and sexy times come together for the final ”trilogy of life” entry when a wealthy young man falls head over heels for a slave girl. His search for the love of his life takes him on a trip across the orient, which has never been more tantalizing or hedonistic than this.

Putting a Pasolini spin on the childhood favourite Arabian Nights, he shifts focus letting the slave girl Zumurrud, Ines Pellegrini – later to star in Lenzi’s Eyeball, be a sexual predator instead of he victim as in the original tale. Arabian Nights would also be the last movie Pasolini worked together with regulars Franco Citti and Ninetto Davoli who up to here had starred in almost all his movies.

Pasolini would follow up Arabian Nights with his final movie, the infamous Sàlo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, a movie that would secure him a place not only in the pages of film history books, but also amongst the fans of the seedy sub-genres of Italian cinema.

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