Arabian Nights Documentary

Here’s a Discovery Channel documentary about the Arabian Nights stories.  I’m always looking for a nice illustrated version of the stories and film adaptations that capture the wild fun of the insane storytelling and loopy moralizing.  When you read them you get a sense of the sheer joy of telling a story like you get it from nowhere else.  These stories are full of color and description that defies all reason.  They make you want to dive into the sea of adventure stories and live in Technicolor.  What I like about this documentary is that it works enactments of some of the tales into the discussion of their history and influence on world literature and Middle Eastern culture.

Candlelight has a nice pile of Arabian Nights stuff here, including some audio stories.

This is part 1 of 8:

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8

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