Movies Arabesque (Universal 1966, Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren) Published 8 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 Episodes22 mins ago Big Texas Fix: Dream House (S1EP7 DIY Sat 25 May 2019) Dream House: Michael and Ashley stumble upon a pre-1900s Victorian home after doing some curbside dumpster diving, so they hit... Episodes22 mins ago Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation – A Forever Home in Isle of Palms (S4EP8 HGTV Sat 25 May 2019) A Forever Home in Isle of Palms: A couple has made the decision to purchase a property in Cape San... Episodes22 mins ago Murder Decoded: Prowling Wolf (S1EP8 ID Sat 25 May 2019) Reports of shots fired at an apartment complex lead police to discover the bodies of a single mother and two... Episodes22 mins ago The Son: Hot Oil (S2EP5 AMC Sat 25 May 2019) Hot Oil: In 1852, Young Eli is forced hide a deadly secret; in 1916, Maria’s return brings devastating consequences for... Episodes22 mins ago Ransom: Story for Another Day (Season 3 Finale CBS Sat 25 May 2019) Story for Another Day: When Cynthia (Karen LeBlanc) and her younger brother, Tyler (Emmanuel Kabongo), are abducted by a criminal... search EPISODES Episodes22 mins ago Murdoch Mysteries: Annabella Cinderella (S12EP11 Ovation Sat 25 May 2019) Annabella Cinderella: Crabtree and John are transporting a convicted axe murderer to prison when she escapes to exact revenge on... Episodes22 mins ago Murdoch Mysteries: Six of the Best (S12EP12 Ovation Sat 25 May 2019) Six of the Best: Murdoch’s distressing childhood memories are evoked while investigating the death of an orphan under the care... Episodes22 mins ago From Friend to Fiancé (Hallmark Sat 25 May 2019, Jocelyn Hudon, Ryan Paevey) Jess Parks (Hudon) has a good job, great friends and a cool apartment in the city. She has it all,... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... Movies2 months ago Triple Frontier | 2019 | Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.