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Flashback Friday: Arabian Nights (2000)

Over the generations, some stories stay with us and others fade into history. Those that stay with us have a certain something that appeals to readers time and again.

The two-part miniseries, Arabian Nights (2000) is based on One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of narratives from the Islamic Golden Age.

Sultan Shahryar (Dougray Scott) is a King in an ancient land. Shocked to learn that both his wife and his sister-in-law have been unfaithful, he decides that all women are unable to be loyal to their husbands. He marries a series of virginal brides, only to execute them the next day, fearing that once more, he will be cheated on.

Scheherazade (Mili Avital) is the daughter of one of the Sultan’s ministers. Going against the wishes of her father, she volunteers to be the next bride. On her wedding night, she starts to tell her new husband a story. Enthralled by what he is hearing, he asks for more. Knowing that her life is on the line, Scheherazade knows that she must continue with her storytelling.

I remember liking this program. Combining the main narrative with the individual tales that comprise One Thousand and One Nights, the questions of Scheherazade’s fate pulls the audience in, regardless of the ending we all know.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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