Fifth about The Seventh

Arabesque (1966)

Arabesque: Stanley Donen plays a great sleight of hand in this light-tone espionage thriller: while a lot of fun is had watching the cast, the fact that the plot is convoluted past the point of making any sense goes (almost) unnoticed. The topliners are a delight: Sophia Loren looks as great as ever, and is enchanting; Gregory Peck clearly has a lot of fun, and sells well the silliness of the concept. The camerawork of Christopher Challis is a bit too busy, filled with trick shots, to the point they start to lose their visual impact. Henry Mancini contributes with a distinctive, lively score. The film also sports a few nice action sequences.


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