(a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

In THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING, the characters believe that to understand life one must understand stories. In the 1940s through the 1960s there was a reasonably popular sub-genre of films based on "The Arabian Nights". The strongest film of this set was THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD. This film is a new story for the "Arabian Nights" told as if it happened in the present, and uses the same structure as the original "Arabian Nights": stories nested within stories. The Djinn tells stories of his past, each of which ends with the cliffhanger of his being trapped in a bottle again.

THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING is every bit the property of production designer Roger Ford and art directors Nicholas Dare and Sophie Nash, all of whose strengths cover every scene.

Released theatrically 26 August 2022. Rating: +2 (-4 to +4) or 7/10

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