Watch Arabesque (1966)

A man kills Professor Ragheeb and takes a hieroglyphic from his glasses. Then he seeks out the American Professor David Pollock, who is an expert in hieroglyphics at the Oxford University. He invites Pollock to travel to London to meet the wealthy Nejim Beshraavi to translate a cipher in a hieroglyphic, but Pollock declines the work. Soon Pollock is kidnapped while jogging by the Arabian Prime Minister Hassan Jena, who is unofficially in England and asks him to accept the assignment and spy on the activities of Beshraavi who is plotting something. Beshraavi offers 30,000 dollars to Pollock to work in his mansion deciphering the hieroglyphic. Pollock meets Beshraavi's mistress Yasmin Azir (Sophia Loren), who tells him that he is in danger and Beshraavi will kill him in the end of his work the same way he did with Professor Ragheeb. Pollock and Yasmin flee from the mansion with the hieroglyphic, but he is double-crossed by Yasmin and captured by another interested party Yussef Kasim. Soon the professor is deeply involved in an international conspiracy where everybody wants the cipher and he does not know who is trustworthy.... Show more

For me Arabesque - was the biggest surprise of the year 1966. Most movies, even the greatest ones, evaporate like mist once you've returned to the real world; they leave memories behind, but their reality fades free quickly. But not with this one :). It’s not surprising that Stanley Donen can produce a good film from nothing. Anyway, Action may boast of one of the biggest numbers of good movies. Varied dialogues are the quintessence of this image, they inspire the viewer. Easily the movie with the best dialogues ever. You can watch Arabesque here on this website.... Show more

Directors: Stanley Donen
Countries: United States
Release: 1966-08-18
Duration: 105 min
IMDb Rating: 6.5