Arabian Nights

Synopsis: Long ago, the Sultan Schariar has gone mad after his traumatizing near assassination in which his wife collaborated and died at his hands as a result. Now he has a paranoid suspicion of women which he plans to express in a diabolical plan, and that is to marry a woman from the harem and then have her executed the very next morning. To prevent this, the Grand Vizier's daughter and a childhood friend of the Sultan, Scheherezade, offers herself to be that bride. Now, she must gamble that her plan will work as she tries to cure his madness by telling him story after wondrous story which include the tales of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp. All the while, the Sultan's villainous brother is making plans of his own and Scheherezade's stories are more useful against him than anyone can anticipate.
  Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations.
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More... more!!

More, more!!

Later... Magic is very exhausting,

and I am 542 years old.

Oh... you don't look a day over 200.

Yes, I'm still as bad as ever I was.

We'll continue after I've got my rest.

Thank you for not telling

your friend the Demon.

He's not my friend, he's my

husband. He keeps me in that box

because he's so jealous.

I saved you from him...

And now you must make love to

me, while my husband sleeps.

If you don't, I'll wake him up,

and he'll rip your head off.

Oh, not again, Sire.

Giafar, I had that dream

again. The Demon's wife,

She tried to kill me, so I killed her.

Oh - You've had it now for five years,

Ever since your late wife

tried to do the same thing.

I murdered her... It was an accident, Sire.

It was an accident!

Allah is just... you're free of her Sire.

I'll never be free of her

- she haunts me still.

Don't let her.

Don't you forget, I have to take

a wife by the next full moon,

Or the kingdom will be

given to my dear brother.

May he rot in hell!

Your father wanted you to marry...

I can't take another wife...

she'll try to kill me too...

They all will! What about...

You must. You lose the kingdom unless

you marry as quickly as possible.

I know what it means... even

the Demon was betrayed...

The dream tells me all wives are treacherous.

No, no, you just had a bad experience, Sire.

There's only one way to deal with

wives, they have to be executed.

Well, I'm sure we've all felt like that.

I will marry. There will be a

wedding and a wedding night...

But in the morning, I'll

have my wife executed.

I'll kill her before she kills me.

She can't be a princess of the blood...

her death would cause problems.

Pick me a woman from the Harem, Giafar.

Someone bright and happy, and

with no thought for the future.

And in secret... now send

for the Chief Executioner.

... He was loaded with riches and honours...

but that was not the end of the story.

After Douban was beheaded,

the King licked his fingers

And turned to the page

in the dead man's book.

He stared at the words, and

then slumped forward - dead!

The pages of the book had been poisoned

So that the King, wetting his

finger, had executed himself.

Here again, mistress. That's

the sixth time this week.

These people sit for hours just

listening -- it's a miracle.

People need stories more than bread itself

... they tell us how to live, and why.

Sorry I'm late, father.

This is my daughter, Scheherazade.

She's my strong right arm,

You may speak freely in front

of her. How is the Sultan?

The Sultan is being eaten

by the worm of madness...

It reminds me a little

of the case of Gilgamesh

The king of Urak when his

friend, the grand warrior...

Can you cure the Sultan?

No... Only Allah can do that.

How was Gilgamesh cured?

It was a young woman who did it. No

one knows how... a complete amateur.

Beginner's luck. That sort of thing

can be really, really distressing

For an experienced professional like myself.

When did Schahriar become so ill?

When I played with him

as a child in the palace

He was always so happy.

Everybody loved him.

Madness creeps in unseen

and floods the soul.

You're no help!

Patients often say that,

but what do they know.

Should I get a second opinion?

Why not?... I can come back tomorrow.

I didn't know Schahriar was this ill.

I've been trying to keep it from everybody.

You look terrible father.

Oh, it's only natural. I have to deal

with the worst kind of madman...

A madman with power!

You understand what is needed?

I know my job Sire. You wish your bride to

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Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italian: [ˈpjɛr ˈpaːolo pazoˈliːni]; 5 March 1922 – 2 November 1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer, and intellectual. Pasolini also distinguished himself as an actor, journalist, novelist, playwright, and political figure. He remains a controversial personality in Italy due to his blunt style and the focus of some of his works on taboo sexual matters, but he is an established major figure in European literature and cinematic arts. His murder prompted an outcry in Italy and its circumstances continue to be a matter of heated debate. more…

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