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David Pollock (Gregory Peck) is an expert in ancient Arabic hieroglyphics. A Middle Eastern Prime Minister convinces Pollock to infiltrate the organization of a man named Beshraavi (Alan Badel), who is involved in a plot against the Prime Minister. The nature of the plot is believed to be found in a hieroglyphic code. Beshraavi's mistress, Yasmin Azir (Sophia Loren) is a mystery intertwined in the plot. Pollock needs her help, but when she repeatedly seems to double cross him in one escapade after another, he can't decide on whose side she is working. Ultimately working together, Pollock and Yasmin decipher the plot and set out to stop an assassination of the Prime Minister.
It is beautifully shot in rainy London streets, and out in the glorious summer countrywide. The vividness of the colours remains memorable - her red Mercedes, some of her clothes, the rich colours of the countryside.
I am reminded of the tension and anxiety of the driving scenes in Taxi Driver. Scorsese's photographer did an excellent job of creating a sense of madness and isolation for Robert de Niro.
In Arabesque, Sophia Loren is neither mad nor isolated, but she searches anxiously in her car through busy London streets in the rain trying to catch up with Gregory Peck.
The danger of the scenes in the fields with his pursuers in the air gives Peck and the photographers the chance to film some wonderfully suspenseful footage not dissimilar to chase scenes in North By Northwest.
The title itself is intrigueing and so is the movie. I long to see it again and others like it made in the 50's and 60's.
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Amazing! recreation from the way it performed on the big screen in 1966. I love the quality of the tape & would buy more imports from Italy using this film as the foundation of my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by susan a. kuhlmey
This is one of those old films that I had never watched in its entirety - either it had already started when I turned the TV on or caught the end of it whilst visiting a friend's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lisette M
Everyone tries too hard in director Stanley Donen's unnecessary rehash of his 1963 classic "Charade. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
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Picture quality: 7,5/10
Aspect ratio: 2,35:1 (orig.)
Run time 24fps: 1:45'24"
Audio: Ital.; GB
ST: Ital. Read more
I happen to enjoy Gregory Peck movies as a whole and I really love seeing Sophia Loren at her most stunning! The story itself is really good, the acting top notch. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William L. Allen
Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren are two of my favorites but that in itself does not get this movie five stars from me; however, it is entertaining with action, suspense and dramatic... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Henry Hank
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