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An American professor named Pollock
is invited by an oil magnate to
decipher a hieroglyphic, but he is warned by a certain Yasmin that his
will be at risk after he completes the assignment. Yasmin is a secret
Gregory Peck (David Pollock)
Sophia Loren (Yasmin Azir)
Alan Badel (Nejim Beshraav!)
Kieron Moore (Yussef Kassim)
Carl Duering (Hassan Jena)
The part of David Pollock was originally written for Cary Grant.
The film wins Best Cinematography at the British
Stanley Donen orders a closed set for the shower scene. Requesting a list of key personnel required to film the sequence, he discovers that the skeleton crew us larger, by 15 men, than the regular crew.
"Sophia, as the secret agent disguised in a $150,000 collection by Dior, fills a decorative role with golden warmth, and cannot be blamed if her superstar presence makes everything else in a film seem secondary."
Time magazine, 20 may 1966
"And, of course, Sophia Loren, a stunning bit of animated scenery who is not called upon to act but to Dior."
Grace Glueck, New York Times, 6 may 1966
"The stars are Gregory Peck, who is suitably earnest and bewildered, and Sophia Loren, who romps through the whole thing like a kid at a carnival. Wearing a whole closetful of Dior fashions, she plays a spy posing as the villain's devoted mistress."
Dennis Powers, Oakland Tribune, 1 jul 1966
"Peck and Sophia brilliant in Arabesque"
The Post-Standard, 1 jul 1966
"The beautiful Miss Loren portrays a seductive Arabian espionage agent with tremendous style and appeal. She wears an especially created, Christian Dior wardrobe including 14 outfits and all the accessories, plus 50 pairs of shoes. These costumes alone are valued at more than $150,000.
Big Spring Daily Herald, 24 jul 1966
"Sophia Loren, aristocratly lovely, reaps another magnificent triumph of beauty and grace."
Alberto Pesce, Il giornale di Brescia, 5 oct 1966