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Arabella
Arabella “When an elderly princess faces
  crippling tax debts, her beautiful grand-
  daughter steps in to exploit her womanly
  wiles to part wealthy gentlemen from
  their money in the magnifico movie that
  sends up stereotype Italian and English
  characters — Arabella..
.”

DESPERATE TO SAVE HER GRANDMOTHER from serious tax debts, the beautiful Arabella Danesi (Virna Lisi, winner of 24 international film awards; Latin Lover) has a trick or two up her sleeve in the wonderfully funny 1960's satire Arabella, that begins in Rome in 1928.

The elderly Princess Ilaria (the marvellous Margaret Rutherford: Castle In The Air) is being hounded by tax officials with ever-increasing demands for the previous years' tax payments and could be forced into selling her belongings and her home.

Arabella...
a wonderfully quirky
and funny satire
that promises
light-hearted fun.
Magnifico!”
Well-intentioned granddaughter Arabella has been bailing out the princess, but she has hit on an idea to rescue the family home — by using her womanly wiles to part wealthy gentlemen from their cash.

Arabella is supposedly engaged to wealthy lothario Filiberto (Antonio Casagrande), a convenient arrangement that is mutually advantageous, but his father is keen for him to marry a princess.

Arabella's escapades collecting the much-needed money involve liaisons with General Sir Horace Gordon, Duke Pietro Moretti, an hotel manager, and an insurance manager, all played brilliantly by British comedian Terry-Thomas (Strange Bedfellows).

Kind-hearted Arabella helps the Duke's son, which creates some hilarious moments; but she is being followed by a young man whose intentions are suspect.

And when the sexy siren finally falls in love, will she have bitten off more than she can chew? Has someone caught her in her own game and will she be able fulfil her burning desire to help her grandmother?

Never boring or mundane, the timeless 1967 film Arabella, set in 1928, expertly merges classic European cinema with British humour resulting in a wonderfully quirky and funny satire that promises light-hearted fun. Magnifico!

Arabella also features: James Fox as Giorgio; Giancarlo Giannini as Saverio; Paolo Borboni as Duchesi Moretti; Milena Vukotic as Graziella.

Costumes are by Piero Tosi; Music by Ennio Morricone; Director of Photography is Ennio Guarnieri; Screenplay by Adriano Baracco; English Dialogue by Alan Hackney; Produced by Maleno Malenotti; and Directed by Mauro Bolognini.

* Arabella is released on DVD in the UK, courtesy of Simply Media, on 21 March 2016. Certificate: PG | Running Time: 88 Minutes | Catalogue Number: 164447 | RRP: 12.99.

"Arabella a wonderfully quirky and funny satire that promises light-hearted fun. Magnifico!" ~ Maggie Woods