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Arabesque Reviews

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August 16, 2016
"Arabesque" puede pensarse como un homenaje del director Stanley Donen a su película "Charade", que a su vez es un homenaje del director al cine de Hitchcock. Aquí, un norteamericano experto en jeroglíficos (Gregory Peck) viaja a Oxford para descifrar un mensaje codificado y se encuentra con numerosos peligros y a una mujer fatal con muchos vestidos de Christian Dior interpretada por Sophia Loren. Espionaje, traiciones, romance y un gran sentido de lo visual, hacen de "Arabesque" toda una delicia cinematográfica.
½ March 20, 2016
Basically, this is "Another Charade" with the same Hitchcock-esque romance, humor, playful suspense, etc. Except in place of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, it's Peck and Loren. The plot is kind of 60's mod silly, bordering on camp at times, but mildly entertaining, especially if you are a fan of the actors.
January 20, 2015
Psicodelico film de Stanley Donen que no llega a la altura de la genial Charada, pero que tiene su encanto gracias a Sophia Loren y a Gregory Peck.
January 5, 2015
"Arabesque" is one of those 60's films that mixes political intrigue with tongue-in-check humor that benefits from a stellar cast, featuring Oscar winners Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. Peck plays a college professor whose talents in deciphering hieroglyphics is needed by an Arabian businessman (Alan Badel) with sinister motives for his homeland.Loren plays Badel's "kept woman" but is hiding her involvement in her benefactor's doings. Her character uses her womanly wiles to encourage Peck's stiff-as-nails professor to "loosen up" somewhat and decode the cipher.Both Peck and Loren play off each other well, equally balancing sexual tension with distrust. Badel exhibits the characteristics of the perfect 60's villain: smooth, devious, and cunning. He would fit perfectly in a Bond film, ranking up there with Blofeld or Goldfinger in the dastardly department.Praise can also be given to Maurice Binder, who contributed the Bond-like opening credits, along with Oscar-winning composer Henry Mancini who composed a thrilling yet playful score.
½ October 3, 2014
Not what I was hoping for. Beautifully shot but Peck is not Cary Grant.
½ August 31, 2014
A follow-up to the classic "Charade" features the same director, Stanley Donen, same writer and same composer, Henry Mancini. However, this breezy tale of espionage is minus the great Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Instead, we have Gregory Peck, who's good but not as good at comic moments and is rather stiff, and Sophia Loren as the female lead, who I've never been that much of a fan of, though I know fans consider her to be at her most beautiful in this film, though that's lost on me. Still, this film is quite entertaining, fast paced and filled with nice little action and suspense set pieces.
½ June 28, 2014
Arabesque is an excellent film. It is about the story of international intrigue involving a university professor, an Arab prime minister, a ruthless businessman, a beautiful spy, and hieroglyphics. Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren given amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Stanley Donen did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and adventure. Arabesque is a must see.
May 3, 2014
Sophia makes the film pop.
½ March 25, 2014
Cold -war espianoge thriller that comes oh-so-close to succeeding. The nece twist here is that it is Britain vs Arabia, not the USSR. An American professor teams with an Arabic woman. A bit like Indiscreet or Charade, this film is worth seeing if only for the shower scene!
February 22, 2014
Convoluted, sixties stylized low grade Hitchcock thriller with too many twist and turns entertaining for no other reason than watching its stars Peck and Loren perform. Donen did better a few years earlier in CHARADE with this type of material.
February 21, 2014
this reminds me of the cary grant/audrey hepburn pic 'charade'
December 8, 2013
Stanley Donen's "Arabesque" starring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren; Peck is a professor and an expert in ancient hieroglyphics, Loren is a wealthy and powerful man's mistress, at least that's what we know initially. Donen's film surprised me with its visual style, which involves tilt shots, splendid images through mirrors, and even animal footage to show what's happening inside a character's head. Where it fails is in its screenplay, it's very confusing, sometimes you don't know what's happening or why it is happening; the relationship Yasmin (Loren) has with Beshraavi (Alan Badel) makes me suspicious, sometimes you wonder why he doesn't get rid of her, considering the things she is doing right in front of his eyes to spoil his plans. We also never find out what's so great about the prime minister that Peck is so keen on helping, among other things. Specific scenes seem amateurish, almost so bad that it's good. I did enjoy quite a bit, particularly the compatibility of Peck and Loren. It's a messy affair, but has good amount of humor to cover its flaws; so if you can dismiss most of your brain cells you will have fun.
½ November 14, 2013
Peck and Loren made this movie worth the watch. Overall the story wasn't that spectacular, but these are two attractive people with plenty of talent that you have to watch.
½ June 24, 2013
Not nearly as good as Charade, this one isn't helped much by Peck's presence. He just doesn't seem very convincing in such a physical role and he seems to serious to carry off the humorous elements. Replace Peck with Cary Grant and you've got a better, but still not very good, picture. Is it titled Arabesque because all of the Arab characters are Caucasians made up to look Arab-esque?
Super Reviewer
½ June 10, 2013
Frivolous espionage yarn, a charade of a Charade with a goofy Gregory Peck and sumptuous Sophia Loren; not the worst trade for Grant & Hepburn at all, in fact. Some ridiculous plot points rescued partly by some nimble allegiance twists. Who had these daffy ideas of putting lives in jeopardy via a wrecking ball and threshing machine??
½ March 5, 2013
Arabesque isn't in the same level of Charade (Stanley Donen earlier movie), but it's quite interesting and entertaining, especially for Gregory Peck's comedy turn.
January 26, 2013
The class of dress, the filming techniques, the original exotic beauty named Sophia. Wow.
½ October 14, 2012
"Charade" rehash: droll, dull and inert--Style over substance!!
March 23, 2012
Suspenseful thriller with the unlikely pairing of Peck and Loren. Worth checking out.
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