Journal Article

Pasolini’s Splendid Infidelities: Un/Faithful Film Versions of <i>The Thousand and One Nights</i>

Michael James Lundell

in Adaptation

Volume 6, issue 1, pages 120-127
Published in print February 2013 | ISSN: 1755-0637
Published online September 2012 | e-ISSN: 1755-0645 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/adaptation/aps022
Pasolini’s Splendid Infidelities: Un/Faithful Film Versions of The Thousand and One Nights

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This article argues that Pasolini’s 1974 film Il fiore delle mille e una notte seems to be the most faithful adaptation, in its emphasis on sexuality, of The 1001 Nights in its oldest form. This success is surprising and possibly inadvertent but it presents a potentially measurable connection between the written and filmic Nights. By comparing Il fiore’s ending with three other potential ‘Nights films’ the article suggests a more flexible approach to adaptation studies, posits the existence of a fundamental identity of the Nights, and places Pasolini’s emphasis on sexuality into the context of the oldest manuscript of the Nights.

Keywords: Pasolini; 1001 Nights; Arabian Nights; adaptation

Journal Article.  4243 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Film ; Television

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