Generally something called a made-for-TV movie leads you to believe it will be sub par, but nothing could be further from the truth with this one. A stunning adaptation of the story of Scheherazade, whose life depended on keeping the Sultan interested in her endless tales of adventure, fantasy, magic and intrigue. There’s a great balance here between the stories she tells and her ongoing interactions with the Sultan plus an expanded look at the Sultan’s problems with a treacherous brother, and it certainly kept me riveted throughout its not inconsiderable length. These are fables, fairy tales and legends from a time pre-dating the Muslim world, an interesting look at a rich and exotic culture before religion changed the face of it forever. Full of the romance, allure and mystery that made ancient Arabia so fascinating, this version also infuses some of the stories with traditions from all over the world, including Africa, China and even England with some clever Shakespeare references. The lavishness and complexity of the stories are leavened with some really good humor although none of it feels gratuitous – just enough to keep it entertaining. And can I just say how nice it is to see so many stories where women are portrayed as strong, intelligent, courageous and creative. Top notch special effects, huge scope, a tremendously talented cast, gorgeous costumes and really amazing attention to detail, not to mention a truly superb script, makes this a new favorite of mine. A totally immersive movie experience with a lot of good things to say, not least of which are the importance of stories within civilizations. “People need stories more than bread itself. They teach us how to live and why.” – BETHANY
There’s an incredible cast in this movie, including Mili Avital, James Frain, John Leguizamo, Dougray Scott, Rufus Sewell, Andy Serkis and James Callis. For more information visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181199/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2
This movie is incredibly romantic.
The Sultan and Scheherazade
A brouhaha in the desert.
Rufus Sewell as Ali Baba
John Leguizamo as the Genie of the Lamp
The trailer for this fabulous film:
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