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Film Style: Arabesque with Sophia Loren (1966)

Arabesque 1966 Sophia Loren (20)

Once upon a time, I almost watched the film Arabesque (1966). I say ‘almost’ because after about 45 minutes everyone else in the room protested that it was a turkey, and decided to watch something much more high brow (Die Hard). The film was directed by Stanley Donen, who also was responsible for Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. Arabesque is a very similar movie, with the same pros and cons as Charade – great clothes, interesting cinematography, and a light-hearted spy plot with numerous twists, however that is tempered with damp chemistry between the two leads and incredibly wooden dialogue. It also contains the dodgiest ‘fake-Arabs’ you have ever seen.

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