The Story of Alibaba goes on in Baghdad and not Damascus. How did he not get an Emmy for these performances?? The bookend story of the original book has been expanded, so the loose-knit collection of stories feel tightly woven together by the urgency of Scheherazade's plight. Music was on point, direction was well-stylized though gimmicky and will probably be dated in a little while , performances top-notch without the actos taking themselves too seriously. One key to master storytelling is the art of folding. One thing that's wonderful about these stories, the originals, is how they cover the 'orient.
Pronunciation of the Arabic language was really awful. The visual effects were stunning and the actors were well cast. Along comes something like Arabian Nights, from the creators of the Gulliver's Travels miniseries which makes the world's oldest stories seem fresh and exciting. I did buy a lot of props from the movie and have pictures, raw video materials etc. She willingly marries him, even though Schahriar has vowed to execute his second wife on their wedding night, to foil any further treachery. I've been seething about it ever since, but at long last I have seen the whole thing on the sci-fi channel, even though there's nothing remotely science fiction about the Arabian Nights and I am thrilled. In a freshly spin out on the classical, the narrative adopts a young commandant who, afterwards his baron is obliterated in a castle putsch, cooperates with Sinbad, Aladdin and his genie to deliverance Scheherazade and her realm from dark abilities.
The performances in the movie are almost uniformly first-rate. Scheherazade Milli Avital , daughter of the Sultan's chief advisor, puts herself at grave risk to cure the monarch's madness. The essence of the long favorite tale of a sultana who thwarts death by telling tales of imagination and adventure is excellently protrayed. The special effects are also very good considering the budget limitations of the small screen. Mili's Sheherazade physically was beautiful and somewhat believable in her role, i wish she had been more expressive though since Dougray Scott accent aside portrayed the anguished sultan to perfection. The villains were villainous, the heroes heroic. The tales Ali Baba, Aladdin, etc.
The adaptations are remarkably faithful to the original tales -- and I have read the entire Mardrus and Mathers' 4-volume translation, so I know what I'm, talking about -- but the script also has many witty additions. I love the great mix of drama and comedy through out,with great story telling of fantasy. It left me wanting more, so by that measure at least the film is a success. Maria Montez was still the madly glamorous South American 'Queen of Technicolor'. The story was supposed to be before Islam otherwise a lot of things would be different; But a lot of Islamic symbols are used in the movie. Schahriar resolves that if he must wed Scheherezade, he will mangle her afterwards their marrying nighttime. But in the end, the stories all fall together and actually make sense to what is going on in each scene.
All in all a fun, silly movie to watch if you need to get your mind off something :- Enjoy! My family has enjoyed this for literally years and continues to enjoy it. The level of humor injected is charming without being over the top. Seeing it on video has allowed me to revisit that past time when as a child the world was uncertain and it was possible to escape into a costume-splendoured fantasy where the hero gets the girl, saves the kingdom and justice is served. John Leguizamo did a great job as both Genies, specially the part where the 2 of them are groaning about their familial relations - was laughing my socks off. This film can be watched by everyone except small children a couple of killings - non graphic and 1 torture scene - also non graphic.
Another supporting player in the cast was Turhan Bey who would eventually be promoted to co-starring roles with Montez. Events, while never boring, often lose their momentum in magnificent visuals and trivial dialogue. I particularly enjoyed the segment of the constantly fighting Princes of Yemen, Ali, Ahmed, and Hussain played with gusto by relative unknowns Alexis Conran, James Callis, and Hari Dhillon. Ill attempts at slapstick humour serve no purpose, loosing all the humour of the originals. The writer of this film understood the singular advantage of the material and made changes to emphasize the folds: the warring genies played by the same actor; the many bleeds between the framing story and the inner stories, and most particularly in the outer framing layers.
Granted he is a talented and i felt he gave an admirable performance as the Sultan who couldn't trust his own shadow. This was a fabulous production. My only regret is that it isn't a full-length motion picture, as the big screen would have absolutely come alive! I know he was not in the story. So I can spare some out. But the casting is good, the acting is excellent and the story is told in a quick but relaxed pace, with some interesting quirks. Mili Avital and Dougray Scott star as Scheherazade and Shahryar respectively. The boyish Sabu, no longer under contract to Alexander Korda, proved to be one of the most charming ingredients of the film and played a huge role in the story which had Montez captured by an evil caliph and rescued by Sabu who rides through the desert sands to rescue her.
It is great fun with a little something for everyone. Children are likely to be turned off by the nearly three hour length of this story, and it's best reserved for older kids and teens who will appreciate the mature themes, and root for the brilliant heroine. Don't think too much and let yourself lead back to the old legends of the Middle East, you won't regret it. Congratulations to its producers, director and stars! The series consists of five stories from One Thousand and One Nights, which are framed within a sixth, maintaining the traditional style of stories within stories that is synonymous with the Nights. Add in some beautiful faces Vanessa Mae , some lush but somewhat comic costumes and really successful locations, and you've got something that works, even in the face of imperfect directing and pacing.
So we will find the famous stories about Ali Baba and Aladdin and his wonderlamp. However, I would definitely monitor as a parent. Arabian Nights is a very interesting and nice movie to watch because it takes you to a world of fantasy and mystic, in which the stories told by an Arabian woman, form actually the movie. Special effects vie with the actors in this spectacular mini-series. She knows that he plains to kill her after their wedding night to make sure he is not betrayed again. I deeply respect and appreciate all of the creative hard work that went into making this wonderful entertaining epic. There simply are not enough films that can qualify over this length of time with the family as we have grown up.