5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you. Received in excellent condition.
One of my favourite movies - good acting, wonderful clothes (why don't we see that anymore?), lots of action. It has one of the best sound tracks.
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2.0 out of 5 stars poorly done
Perhaps it was the era that this movie was made in, perhaps it was the cheesy performances by Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren, but this was a silly movie that I would not recommend to anyone. A collector of older movies might like this, but we found it disappointing and actually threw it out when we finished watching it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you. Received in excellent condition.,
This review is from: Arabesque (Bilingual) [Import] (DVD)One of my favourite movies - good acting, wonderful clothes (why don't we see that anymore?), lots of action. It has one of the best sound tracks.
2.0 out of 5 stars poorly done,
This review is from: Arabesque (Bilingual) [Import] (DVD)Perhaps it was the era that this movie was made in, perhaps it was the cheesy performances by Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren, but this was a silly movie that I would not recommend to anyone. A collector of older movies might like this, but we found it disappointing and actually threw it out when we finished watching it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie,
This review is from: Arabesque (Bilingual) [Import] (DVD)A great movie to see with Sophia Loren playing a fantastic part - I did not grow up in this era but I appreciate the cleanliness of these types of movies. Wonderful to see.
5.0 out of 5 stars review an order,
This review is from: Arabesque (Bilingual) [Import] (DVD)I had ordered this same dvd once before and received a copy that would
not play on my DVD player but would on my labtop
Frustrated I tried again as I wanted a copy of this and behold,
the new package was delivered promptly and was in brand new
condition and played well.
I would, without doubt, order from this distributor again and
probably shall, if there are titles I am after.
4.0 out of 5 stars Secret of the cipher,
This review is from: Arabesque (Bilingual) [Import] (DVD)An arabesque is an artistic motif with repeating forms and patterns. It seems like the ideal title for the movie "Arabesque," a fun if repetitive little thriller about a professor thrown into international intrigue. The middle of this movie is light on plot, but there's plenty of action, romance, large machines, and a rather surprising twist at the end.
At the behest of an Arab prime minister, Prof. David Pollock (Gregory Peck) is sent to spy on a corrupt businessman named Beshraavi (Alan Badel). Beshraavi needs a mysterious cipher decoded, and he keeps David a prisoner while he works on it. What's more, he plans to kill the professor once he's done.
But David is able to escape with the help of Beshraavi's mistress, Yazmin (Sophia Loren) -- who turns out to have a secret agenda of her own. Now the professor must weave his way through enemies at every turn, along with the mystery woman he can't quite bring himself to trust. And if he doesn't decode the cipher in time, the entire world could be in jeopardy.
"Arabesque" is a movie that doesn't know what to do with its middle section -- it starts off strong, spends a long time spinning its wheels, only to rise up and blossom again in the last twenty minutes. But if "Arabesque" is not a strong political thriller, it's certainly an enjoyable popcorn movie.
The middle section of it isn't bad, just repetitive: scrabble for cipher, fight, follow, rinse, repeat. And they put in some... interesting padding to spice it up, such as a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment where a doped-up Peck meanders down a freeway, playing "matador" with the cars. That was a WEIRD scene.
So what does it have that's good? Director Stanley Donen packs the movie with some pretty strong action scenes (wrecking ball, aquariums, a THRESHER!), some mild comic relief, and a brilliant double-twist in the last twenty minutes. And since this came right after Donen's Charade, we have some mildly witty banter and dialogue ("Let us through! That man's about to be killed!" "I hardly think so, sir. This is ENGLAND!").
Peck and Loren have a fair amount of chemistry, and their characters are likable and pretty clever. Loren plays up her charming sex appeal to the absolute max, and Peck plays David with the right mixture of competence and naivete. And Badel is absolutely spine-chilling as a calm, cool killer who never gets ruffled by anything, even as he prepares to shoot you in the head.
The only problem is that I never entirely bought Peck and Loren's performances -- Peck is a bit too hard-edged for an academic nerd, and Loren's accent is this insane Italo-Anglo-Arab mutation that dies halfway through the movie.
"Arabesque" has some flaws, but it's a fun little thriller with plenty of action, romance and some killer plot twists. Have plenty of popcorn ready before watching it.
2.0 out of 5 stars Son of Charade!,
This is a Peck, may he rest in peace, that you haven't seen before. His flippant, tossed-off lines suit the situations the writers have put his character in to a tee. He plays a professor reluctantly helping a slimy character, who KIDNAPS him to acquire his services, to decipher a piece of paper with a hieroglyphic inscription on it that a lot of people seem to be after. That hieroglyphic ISN'T exactly what concerns them, though!
Loren and the general intrigue, drag the poor man through being drugged out of his mind on a well-used freeway riding a bicycle, being abducted by yet more shady types, (a short-haired hipster and his gang), and evading armed arabs in a helicopter on horseback. Peck's character, however, dilutes any sympathy he'd get for all this by holding a knife to the exquisite Ms. Loren's throat early in the film! What's even weirder is that Loren SMILES at him after he does it since they were both trying to escape the mansion Loren was being held in. The whole thing was HER idea!
All the while, Peck throws out bon mots like there's no tomorrow, making you wonder why he didn't make more comedies, (Peter O'Toole, George Hamilton and Candice Bergen would make you think the same thing in breakout comedies THEY'VE made!) Loren is absolutely GORGEOUS with those almond eyes, incredible figure, sculpted upper lip, magnificent tan and body by Fisher! She has a couple of great scenes in the movie, one where she tries to distract a Palace Guard in England and another where she's stuck in a shower, nude, where Peck has hidden to avoid being nabbed by her extremely possessive and decadent "keeper" in the beginning of the film.
Though people might argue to the contrary, this film really doesn't resemble "Charade" all that much, except for the fact that two stellar actors are doing a glamorous mystery trifle. The theme involves international intrigue, rather than a murder mystery and you know who Peck is from the beginning. It's actually LOREN who's the iffy one of the two....in the back of the van in the middle of the film, just before Peck goes on the comical bicycle ride on the freeway, it really looks like she's one of the bad guys as she cuddles with the character that first batters then drugs Peck.
Like Charade, however, the O. Henry machine is in overdrive as you never know who's who or what's what, except for Peck. One British government agent even surprises you!
There's a teaser scene, just before the credits run, that has one of the employees of Beshravi, the man keeping Loren, actually dropping ACID in some poor, unsuspecting soul's eyes. This, along with the knife scene with Loren and Peck, are the two scenes that keep me from giving this film a full family recommendation....However, if you have a strong stomach, it's one of the more entertaining 60s spy spoofs and definitely one of the better comedies for both Peck and Loren.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie,
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4.0 out of 5 stars RACIST YET DECADENT FLICK,
By A Customer
OTHER THAN THAT, if you can take this movie lightheartedly, non-judgementally and tongue-in-cheek (although we can't expect Arabs to!) than it is great entertainment with tonz of wit, TONZ of DRAMA!!!, decedant fashion scenes (of Sophia Loren trying on shoes!), and the chemistry between the two is pure romance. Although you wonder how they can ever top what they've been through - adventure-wise!
All in all, WORTH the money. Decadent close-ups of Sophia's make-up and a nice amount of outfit changes. An inspiration to women with inner glamour.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment!,
4.0 out of 5 stars THE MOST ENTERTAINING SPY MOVIE OF THE SIXTIES,
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