Arabesque

Arabesque

DVD - 2013
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"Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren star in this high-speed, high-class tale of Middle Eastern intrigue set in London... the breezy, romantic thriller casts Peck as an Oxford professor of languages hired by a mysterious Arab oil magnate to decipher a secret message. When Peck unravels its real meaning and befriends Sophia Loren, the magnate's exotic but unpredictable companion, the chase is on."
Publisher: 1966 ,
[Kew, Victoria] [2013]. Umbrella Entertainment,
Branch Call Number: DVD ARAB
Characteristics: 1 DVD (101 min.)
Alternative Title: The cipher

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mswrite
Dec 15, 2014

I may have given this film one star more than it really deserves, but oh what the heck. I've always liked it and still do. "Arabesque" is not exactly "Charade," director Stanley Donen's 1963 classic, but it offers a droll Gregory Peck as a bewildered college professor drawn into a byzantine plot involving some Arabs chasing a formula on a microdot, and Sophia Loren at possibly her most exotically beautiful as the resourceful mistress of the main bad guy (the deliciously arch Alan Badel) who falls for Peck.

Loren doesn't have Audrey Hepburn's winsome vulnerability, but given what she does have (mid-sixties mod looks quite good on Sophia) it hardly matters. Peck lacks Cary Grant's comedic ease and flawless timing but he is stalwart and middle-aged handsome, and tosses off the one-liners with an appealing, awkward charm. I don't think either of them come close to Hepburn and Grant in terms of real chemistry, but they seem to get on well and it all translates reasonably plausibly.
Set in the swinging London of 1966; and Henry Mancini supplies the hummable score.
Worth your time.

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yellsap
Nov 12, 2014

One of my favorite movies. Peck and Loren are classic. Loren mis-prounounces too beautifully. Such delight, arabian style. Georgeous clothes and score.

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Heyst
Nov 18, 2011

possibly the worst dialogue ever written, or only seems that way spoken by a good actor like peck. Wince cringe unwatchable. Chemistry with Loren-- fun for him, waste of time for audience. Creepy zoo menagerie is also supposed to be exotic/sexy. Just creepy.

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