Based on several Eastern tales from the collection One Thou- sand and One Nights, this film is the last chapter of the Tril- ogy of Life, following The Decameron (1971) and The Canterbury Tales (1972). It won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.
"It is a very simple film, yet simultaneously difficult, and prone to multiple stylistic, ideological and ethnological interpreta- tions. Beginning with the text. The source, obviously, is One Thousand and One Nights, [...] which [...] spawned an entire literary form (which is why Pier Paolo Pasolini used if for his last film in the Trilogy of Life, sustained within the common denominator of nostalgia for the past)."
G. Rondi, Il Tempo, August 23, 1974