Arabian Nights

Film/Video
Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Image courtesy of Park Circus

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Image courtesy of Park Circus

Arabian Nights

(Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1973–74)

Retrospective: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Best known in the US as one of the great Italian postwar filmmakers, Pier Paolo Pasolini was also an influential, outspoken, and openly gay poet, novelist, critic, journalist, playwright, and painter. He held seemingly conflicting philosophies as both a Marxist and a Catholic, and was a staunch leftist who once spoke out against left-wing student protests in favor of the working-class police. His filmography represents perhaps the most subversive body of work ever put to film, still provoking outrage and charges of blasphemy in some quarters. However controversial, the themes he explores achieve a measure of timelessness and universality as many of his films are set in the distant past. Most importantly, his films often portray the lives of those existing on the fringes of society, in roles often played by nonprofessional actors. The Wex is thrilled to present this nearly complete retrospective with many titles screening in newly restored 35mm prints.

Tue, Feb 18, 2014 7 PM

Adapted from the ancient Arabic anthology The Book of the One Thousand and One Nights, Arabian Nights follows the mostly erotic adventures of a young man in search of his abducted slave girl, who escapes, disguises herself as a man, and becomes the ruler of a far-off land. The third installment in Pasolini’s Trilogy of Life is as replete with nudity, sex, and slapstick humor as the first two. (129 mins., 35mm)

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

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