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117 Ratings


Directed by Stanley Donen
United States, 1966
Romance, Thriller, Mystery


Story of international intrigue involving a university professor, an Arab prime minister, a ruthless businessman, a beautiful spy, and hieroglyphics.

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Arabesque Directed by Stanley Donen

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1967 | Winner: Best British Cinematography (Colour)

1967 | 2 nominations including: Best British Costume (Colour)

Critics reviews

The opening scene [. . . is] a dream-disco of tinted lights, projections, distortions and canted angles. . . . The film can’t sustain this level of demented invention, alas, but it does keep on giving, breaking its fingernails against the bottom of the cinematic barrel of ideas, sometimes, but at other times producing marvels. Challis and Donen may have been the first to shoot car scene process shots from outside the vehicle, having fun with a lightshow of reflections on the windscreen.
September 07, 2017
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