Thousand and One Nights in Bagdad

Ref.Article: film comment – Film of the Week: Arabian Nights

First of all I love stories, especially those where the storyteller itself is a part of the story. From early age I loved stories about myths, fairy tales and much more, when I stumbled about the stories of 1001 Nights my eyes began to sparkle and since then I am fascinated to all kinds of stories.

The above mentioned article from Film Comment made me curious – for one thing it is a movie that somehow caused a buzz in Cannes, which is an interesting thing at least. Last time I became curious in a similiar way was Winter Sleep. Wonderful movie by the way.

So, what do we know so far – it is episodic, the reference to the original 1001 nights is not so easy to see, not from the very beginning it seems and it lasts for 6 hours. There are not many people who go to the cinema to watch an entire movie for 6 hours, but looking a the entry on the International Movie Data Base we see that it is separated in three volumes, giving audience the opportunity to consume this cinematic experience in smaller doses.

The description of the storylines, the way the movie was directed, what themes are touched within the story shows me that there is a lot to see and a lot to talk about afterwards. Those are the movies I like most, especially when go to the movies with friends. Talk about all the scenes you liked or may not have liked, doesn’t matter as long as it moves you in any way and when there are issues that may change your mindset or may make you realise something you weren’t aware before the better.

This seems to be one of those movies – so far I like it, hopefully I will be able to see this movie soon! 🙂

It pays off magnificently—at the very least, Gomes and his collaborators have invented an entirely new approach for looking at the real world through an optic that distorts it, defamiliarizes it, and restores to it a rich, poetic form of truth. (..) But there are genies here too, and exploding whales, and politicians with erectile issues. It’s all in the nature of a good story, and Gomes’s stories, even if we only get six hours’ worth, could go on forever. In the real world, they’re going on still.

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