Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Runnning time: 130 minutes
In the early 1970s, Italian poet, philosopher and film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini made his most uninhibited and extravagant works. Grouped under the title The Trilogy of Life, they are based on three classics of medieval literature: Boccaccio's The Decameron, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and the legendary stories from The Thousand and One Nights (also known as Arabian Nights). Pasolini was a notorious author and activist before he became a filmmaker and his gay, Marxist, Catholic point of view gave him a unique form of expression. The Trilogy of Life, pitted itself against the conventions of modern consumerist culture flouting religious, social and sexual codes with carnal and provocative scenes and a scatological, slapstick humour. Arabian Nights (1974), is the third film in the trilogy, and takes a selection of stories from this Arabic anthology that deal with desire, betrayal and atonement. Pasolini travelled to Africa, India and the Middle East to make the film which is an hedonistic exploration of sexuality in an earlier age. With luxurious costumes and stunning photography, it remains one of cinema's most provocative and visionary creations.
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