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Arabella (1967)

M/PG | | Comedy | September 1969 (USA)
Virna Lisi is at her peak using her womanly wiles to seduce Terry-Thomas (in multiple roles) to aid her debt-ridden grandmother, Dame Margaret Rutherford.

Director:

Mauro Bolognini
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Complete credited cast:
Virna Lisi ... Arabella
James Fox ... Giorgio
Margaret Rutherford ... Princess Ilaria
Terry-Thomas ... El Maitre / El General / El Duque
Paola Borboni ... Duchess Moretti
Antonio Casagrande Antonio Casagrande ... Filiberto
Giancarlo Giannini ... Saverio
Milena Vukotic ... Graziella
Esmeralda Ruspoli Esmeralda Ruspoli
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi
Renato Romano
Renato Chiantoni Renato Chiantoni
Giuseppe Addobbati
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Virna Lisi is at her peak using her womanly wiles to seduce Terry-Thomas (in multiple roles) to aid her debt-ridden grandmother, Dame Margaret Rutherford.

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How can anybody SO BAD... be SO GOOD at it? See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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M/PG | See all certifications »
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Final acting role of Dame Margaret Rutherford (Princess Ilaria). See more »

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Deserves proper restoration and release on blu-ray.
12 April 2021 | by TheSmutPeddlerSee all my reviews

The only copy of "Arabella" available on the international market seems to be a shoddy Region 2 Pan-And-Scan version of a reportedly inferior print. Probably the print I saw on TV when I was a kid and became enchanted with the truly wacky film, gorgeous Virna Lisi, the fantastic costumes, wigs, jewelry, and the continental settings circa 1928. Above all, I loved Ennio Morricone's score for this film, from kooky to romantic and everything in-between. The melodic "flapper" theme that seems to surround Arabella and her schemes has haunted me for over 40 years, and when watching it recently (thanks to our frenemies in Russia having posted a copy of the shoddy DVD release), I found myself wanting to DEMAND this film be restored and released to blu-ray in its correct aspect ratio. So here I am putting in my two cents. Media Gods, MAKE IT HAPPEN! For Ennio's sake, if for no other reason. I should also note that while a ton of Morricone's music has been released digitally, the score for Arabella never even saw vinyl back in the day; that too must be released!


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

September 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Arabella See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cram See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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