is a 1974 Italian-language
film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
. Its original Italian title is Il fiore delle mille e una notte
, which means "The Flower of the One Thousand and One Nights".
The film is an adaptation of the ancient Arabic anthology The Book of One Thousand and One Nights
, better known as The Arabian Nights
. It is the last of Pasolini's "Trilogy of Life", which began with The Decameron
and continued with The Canterbury Tales
. The lead was played by young Sicilian Franco Merli
who was discovered for this film by Pasolini.
The main story concerns an innocent young man, Nur-e-Din (Franco Merli
), who comes to fall in love with a slave
(Ines Pellegrini), who selected him as her master. After a foolish error of his causes her to be abducted
, he travels in search of her. Meanwhile Zumurrud manages to escape and, disguised as a man, comes to a far-away kingdom where she becomes king. Various other travellers who recount their own tragic and romantic experiences include stories of a young man who becomes enraptured by a mysterious woman on his wedding day, and a man who is determined to free a woman from a demon (Franco Citti
). Interwoven are Nur-e-Din's continuous search for Zumurrud and his - mostly erotic - adventures. In the end he arrives at the far-away kingdom and is finally reunited with Zumurrud. The tales contain abundant nudity
, and slapstick
- Producer: Alberto......