Arabesque

Synopsis: Professor David Pollock is an expert in ancient Arabic hieroglyphics. A Middle Eastern Prime Minister convinces Pollock to infiltrate the organization of a man named Beshraavi, who is involved in a plot against the Prime Minister. The nature of the plot is believed to be found in a hieroglyphic code. Beshraavi's mistress, Yasmin Azir is a mystery intertwined in the plot. Pollock needs her help, but when she repeatedly seems to double cross him in one escapade after another, he can't decide on whose side she is working. Ultimately working together, Pollock and Yasmin decipher the plot and set out to stop an assassination of the Prime Minister.
Director(s): Stanley Donen
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.6
Rotten Tomatoes:
64%
UNRATED
Year:
1966
105 min
29 Views

Professor Ragheeb.

Send him in, will you?

Good afternoon.

Mr. Saeed?

Mr. Saeed's away,

I'm afraid.

My name's Sloane.

Why is he away?

Flu, Professor.

Medical men aren't immune.

He asked me to look after his appointments.

I'm only going

to check your glasses.

You look as though I want

to drill your teeth.

Do sit down,

Professor.

Ragheeb.

That doesn't sound English.

Are you English,

Professor Ragheeb?

Why do you ask?

Oh, small talk, merely small talk.

The weather's too dull

and politics too explosive.

I certainly

didn't mean to pry.

May I see your glasses?

I can't see anything without them.

Hmm. Yes.

Yes, indeed.

Please.

Have you been exposed

to flu recently?

Does that weaken the eyes?

No, merely the eye doctors.

There's so much close

personal contact in our line, we can't be too careful.

Now...

let's just

try these.

There.

Just read those letters

in the mirror, will you, please?

"A."

"N, D."

"A, O, H, T."

Hmm, not bad.

Now the other eye.

"H, C, U."

"D, H, L, E."

"M."

No.

"N."

Jolly good.

Look up at me, Professor.

I want to put some drops in your eyes.

Why?

To dilate the pupil.

It's quite all right, Professor.

You won't feel anything.

There.

That didn't hurt,

did it?

No, it was-

Now here on the final slide is an example...

of a more cursive form

of hieroglyphics,

probably from the reign

of the great Pharaoh Remesus II.

Now we can still recognize what

many of the signs represent.

Here, for example,

is the word for "heart,"

written simply with

the picture of the heart.

But here,

above the monster Amensit-

who, as you can see,

is part crocodile, part lion and part hippo,

and who waits to devour

the heart of the dead man if it is found wanting-

is the glyph for a house.

Below it is a mouth.

These signs have phonetic value only.

They are followed

by a drawing of a pair of legs,

which, in this case,

has no phonetic value.

However, as an ideogram,

it does give us the clue...

to the meaning of the word...

"to go forth."

Sex.

I thought there must be some way

of attracting your attention, Mr. Fanshaw.

I seem to have been talking

in your sleep.

That will be all for today.

Professor Ragheeb

will be back tomorrow.

Good morning.

May I have a word

with you, please, Professor Pollock?

If it's about that

small, outstanding bill at the bookstore,

there's a simple

explanation:
poverty.

- No, it's nothing like that.

- In that case, how do you do?

My name is Sloane.

Major Sylvester

Pennington Sloane...

of Her Majesty's

Marvelous.

Yes, quite.

I'm private secretary

to Mr. Nejim Beshraavi of the shipping lines.

- The Nejim Beshraavi.

- I didn't think there could be two.

Mr. Beshraavi would like

to see you in London now,

so if you'll follow me,

please, the car is waiting.

Mr. Sloane,

this is Wednesday.

Shall I tell you

about my Wednesdays?

Right now:
a healthy jog

and a couple of tutorials,

an indescribable lunch

with the faculty at 12:45-

Mr. Beshraavi is prepared

to pay you well for your time.

And I could use it,

I don't mind telling you.

But, as I said,

not on Wednesdays.

Good morning, Mr. Sloane.

You people really can't take no

for an answer, can you?

What do you think

you're doing?

Let me go!

Good Lord,

a-aren't you-

Mr. Pollock, may I present

His Excellency, Mr. Hassan Jena.

- Well... Mr. Prime Minister.

- Good morning, Mr. Pollock.

And I am Mr. Jena's

Ambassador to Great Britain, Mohammed Lufti.

- Mr. Ambassador.

- I beg you to forgive this unorthodox method...

of making your acquaintance.

Please, don't mention it, Mr. Prime Minister.

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Julian Mitchell

Charles Julian Humphrey Mitchell FRSL (born 1 May 1935) is an English playwright, screenwriter and occasional novelist. He is best known as the writer of the play and film Another Country, and as a screenwriter for TV, producing many original plays and series episodes, including at least ten for Inspector Morse. Mitchell was born in Epping, Essex, and educated at Winchester College, where he won the English Verse and Duncan Reading Prizes. He did his national service in submarines 1953-55 as a Sub Lt RNVR. He then went to Wadham College, Oxford and received a BA with first class honours in 1958. This was followed by a period as a Harkness Fellow in the USA (1959–61). He earned an M.A. in 1962 at St. Antony's College, Oxford. Since 1962 he has been a freelance writer. In the late 1960s, Mitchell co-wrote the teleplay Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) with Ray Davies of The Kinks. It was never produced, though it gave rise to the band's concept album. He recently recalled the aborted project: "Arthur had a most unhappy history. It was originally meant to be a ... sort of rock opera, and we got as far as casting (excellent director and actors) and finding locations and were about to go when the producer went to a production meeting without a proper budget, tried to flannel his way through it, was immediately sussed and the production pulled. I have never been able to forgive the man." Mitchell has written nine produced plays, including Another Country, which won the SWET (now Olivier) Award for best play of the year (1981), and After Aida (1985), a play-with-music about composer Giuseppe Verdi. Mitchell has screenplay credits for five feature films. The earliest was Arabesque (1966), which was directed by Stanley Donen. Another Country (1984) is based on Mitchell's own play, and directed by Marek Kanievska. Vincent & Theo (1990) is a biographical film about the famed painted Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo, and was directed by Robert Altman. August (1996) was directed and starred Anthony Hopkins, and was adapted from Anton Chekhov's classic play Uncle Vanya. Wilde (1997) is based on the life of Oscar Wilde, and was directed by Brian Gilbert. In 2007 he wrote the BBC4 drama Consenting Adults about Sir John Wolfenden and his celebrated 1957 report. more…

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