Arabesque (1966 USA)

After the success of his Hitchcock homage “Charade”, director Stanley Donen made this very similar comedy-thriller with Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren in the lead roles. While Peck and Loren are not quite as suited to this kind of thing as Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, they still make an attractive couple. If you thought “Charade” was complex, you’ll find “Arabesque” resembles a hundred shoelaces tangled into an impenetrable knot. The plot is not really meant to be followed – it merely exists as an excuse to stage one dazzling set piece after another. But it’s Arabesque’s wildly inventive cinematography which sets it apart from virtually every other action film. Its beautiful to behold. Quite a feast for the eyes. [Read more…]

Batman (1966 – 1968 USA)

batman 1“Batman” succeeded because Adam West/Bruce Wayne is the ultimate straight man/square. Under all occasions he keeps a serious face. Robin, as played by Burt Ward, is always oozing enthusiasm as Bruce/Batman’s number one fan. I bet Robin’s own family would never recognise him under that most intricate disguise either…but seriously, how can anyone resist the cheese, the catchy theme tune or the comic book graphics and sound effects whenever someone gets tattooed. (Boxing parlance for getting punched) [Read more…]

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