Movies Arabesque (Universal 1966, Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren) Published 5 months ago on September 20, 2018 Solid espionage caper Arabesque has David Pollock (Gregory Peck), an American hieroglyphics professor visiting Oxford, agreeing to decipher a secret message — the contents of which are wanted by spies, oil sheiks, and Middle Eastern leaders. While trying to avoid any number of pursuers, Pollock is aided by Yasmin Azir (Sophia Loren), the sensuous mistress of politically ambitious oil tycoon Beshraavi (Badel). Their escapades are replete with wild chases, killings, and horrible assassinations. Donen repeated CHARADE in the making of this film, rightly assuming that film’s success deserved another attempt. Loren’s glamorous wardrobe is by Dior and included some 50 pairs of shoes for her character —a 50,000 pound costuming expense which is explained away by her lover’s shoe fetish! It’s all very mindless, absurdly complex, hopelessly hip in that 1960s sort of way, and an agreeable way to pass the time. Cinematographer Christopher Challis won an award from the British Film Academy for Best Color Photography. Writers: Julian Mitchell, Stanley Price, Pierre Martin (based on the novel The Cipher by Gordon Cotler) Music: Henry Mancini Cinematography: Christopher Challis Producer and Director: Stanley Donen production details USA | Universal | 105 minutes | 1966 Director: Stanley Donen Script: Stanley Price, Julian Mitchell, Peter Stone, Gordon Cotler, cast Harry Locke as Zookeeper Ernest Clark as Beauchamp Alan Badel as Beshraavi George Coulouris as Ragheeb Duncan Lamont as Webster Larry Taylor as Mustapha Kieron Moore as Yussef Kasim Sophia Loren as Yasmin Azir Jimmy Gardner as Helmsley Harold Kasket as Mohammed Lufti Gregory Peck as Prof. David Pollock Carl Duering as Hassan Jena John Merivale as Maj. Sylvester Pennington Sloane Windsor Davies as Policeman Michael Bilton as Microscope Salesman ActionAdventureAlan BadelCarl DueringDuncan LamontErnest ClarkGeorge CoulourisGregory PeckHarold KasketHarry LockeJimmy GardnerJulian MitchellKieron MooreLarry TaylorPeter StoneSophia LorenStanley DonenStanley PriceThriller Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes21 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. With Steve Buscemi,... Episodes21 hours ago Teachers: The Final Robe (TV Land Tues 26 Feb 2019) The Final Robe: Ms. Bennigan has two spots left in her bridal party and the three remaining teachers compete to... Episodes21 hours ago Food Truck Nation: Smoked, Stuffed and Frozen Finds (S1EP8 Tues 26 Feb 2019 on Cooking) Chef Brad Miller visits a food truck in Orange County that has its own custom smoker onboard, then he tries... Episodes21 hours ago The Rookie: Plain Clothes Day (S1EP14 ABC Tues 26 Feb 2019) Plain Clothes Day: The rookies are really put to the test when their training officers accompany them out of uniform... Episodes21 hours ago Hometown Homicide: Local Girl Gone (S1EP2 ID Tues 26 Feb 2019) Local Girl Gone: When 15-year-old high school freshman Danielle Locklear, of Hope Mills, N.C., went missing in March 2014, her... search EPISODES Episodes21 hours ago Splitting Up Together: Annie, Are You Okay (S2EP14 ABC Tues 26 Feb 2019) Annie, Are You Okay: Lisa’s unexpected pregnancy turns out to have more complications than what Lena and Martin had expected;... Episodes21 hours ago NCIS: New Orleans: Crab Mentality (S5EP15 CBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) Crab Mentality: The team investigates multiple murders tied to a construction company creating an experimental chemical that strengthens sea walls.... Episodes21 hours ago Roswell, New Mexico: Smells Like Teen Spirit (S1EP6 The CW Tues 26 Feb 2019) Smells Like Teen Spirit: In a series of flashbacks to 2008, secrets are uncovered about Rosa’s final day, Isobel’s (Lily... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 weeks ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies2 weeks ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies2 weeks ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.