"Arabian Nights" (1974) is a film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini and is an adaptation of the collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian folk tales known as "The Thousand and One Nights." The film is known for its visually stunning cinematography and its depiction of sensuality, which sparked controversy and censorship upon its release.
The film is divided into five episodes, each of which is based on a different story from the "Arabian Nights." The stories explore themes of love, deceit, power, and morality, and are told through a combination of live-action and animation.
The film features an international cast of actors, including several well-known Italian performers, as well as actors from Egypt, Iran, and other countries. The music in the film was composed by the famous Italian composer Ennio Morricone.
"Arabian Nights" was well received by critics, many of whom praised the film's lush visual style and imaginative storytelling. However, the film's depiction of sexuality and its controversial themes made it a target for censorship in many countries, and it was banned or heavily censored in several countries.
Despite its controversial reception, "Arabian Nights" has since become a classic of world cinema, and is considered a landmark film in the history of Italian cinema.