If you are looking for a movie that mixes comedy, fantasy, adventure, and romance, you might want to check out Les 1001 nuits 1990, a French film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Catherine Zeta-Jones in her film debut as the beautiful and clever Sheherazade.
The movie is a satirical and subversive take on the 1001 Nights legend, which skips all the stories and focuses on Sheherazade’s escape from the lustful king who wants to marry her and kill her the next day. She is helped by a genie who lives in 1990 London and uses his TV set to travel back and forth through time and send her various aids, such as motorcycles, airplanes, and even a time-traveling astrologist.
Along the way, she meets all the famous characters from the 1001 Nights tales, such as Aladdin, Sinbad, Ali Baba, and others, but they are not exactly what they seem. They are either incompetent, cowardly, greedy, or just plain silly. The movie pokes fun at the stereotypes and clichés of the oriental fantasy genre, while also paying homage to it.
The movie is full of humor, action, magic, and romance. It also features some stunning scenery and costumes, as well as some daring nude scenes from Zeta-Jones, who shows off her natural beauty and charisma. She delivers a charming and spirited performance as Sheherazade, who is not only a damsel in distress, but also a heroine who uses her wits and courage to outsmart her enemies.
Les 1001 nuits 1990 is a movie that will entertain you with its whimsical and witty plot, its colorful and quirky characters, its dazzling and exotic visuals, and its enchanting and seductive star. It is a movie that will make you laugh, wonder, and dream.
You can watch the trailer of the movie the full here. You can also read more about the movie on IMDB or on other websites.