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Secrets of The Arabian Nights

Author: BBC Worldwide Ltd.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], ©2011.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since their appearance in Europe some 300 years ago, the stories of The Thousand and One Nights have entranced Western readers with visions of an exotic, magical Middle East. In this program, actor and director Richard E. Grant revisits the book he loved as a child and seeks to understand its persistent hold on the collective imagination. Grant travels to Paris to discover how the Arabist Antoine Galland imported  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Educational films
History
Internet videos
Video recordings
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
BBC Worldwide Ltd., 2011
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: BBC Worldwide Ltd.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.
OCLC Number: 793862507
Notes: Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 16, 2011.
Title from distributor's description.
Target Audience: 9 & up.; Contains mature content.
Description: 1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sound, color, digital file
Details: Mode of access: Internet.; System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Contents: Stories to While Away the Night (0:11) --
Significance of 'Aladdin' (1:20) --
Sinbad the Sailor (0:42) --
Pulp Fiction (1:09) --
Enchanted Desert Atmosphere (2:50) --
The Thief of Baghdad (0:32) --
Cobblers, Beggars, Kings and Tyrants on the Coffee Trade Routes (3:06) --
A Scholar's View (2:53) --
Scheherazade & Sharayar (1:46) --
Significance of The Thousand and One Nights (1:43) --
The Hunchback (2:51) --
Translating The Thousand and One Nights (3:31) --
Feeding France's Appetite for Stories (3:25) --
Arabian Nights Entertainments (3:40) --
Arabian Nights on Stage (3:10) --
Magical Reversal of Fortune in Arabian Nights (2:16) --
Victorians Scandalized (1:22) --
Local Interpretations of Arabian Nights (3:55) --
The Porter and the Ladies of Baghdad (2:49) --
Banning The Thousand and One Nights (2:36) --
Current Impact of The Thousand and One Nights (3:42) --
Universal Themes in The Thousand and One Nights (1:44) --
Regaining a Culture (3:48) --
Irrepressible Imagination (1:06) --
Credits: Secrets of The Arabian Nights (0:41).
Other Titles: Arabian Nights
Responsibility: BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Abstract:

Since their appearance in Europe some 300 years ago, the stories of The Thousand and One Nights have entranced Western readers with visions of an exotic, magical Middle East. In this program, actor and director Richard E. Grant revisits the book he loved as a child and seeks to understand its persistent hold on the collective imagination. Grant travels to Paris to discover how the Arabist Antoine Galland imported the tales of Sinbad, Ali Baba, and Aladdin in the early 18th century. In Cairo, Grant explores the medieval Islamic world that gave birth to the beloved narratives while he examines present-day controversies over their sexually explicit content. Ultimately, Grant poses a question-can The Arabian Nights still enrich and possibly change Western perceptions of the Arab world?

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