Cinema: Balancing Act

Arabesque. Among the experts consulted during production of this lavish suspense comedy was a British color psychologist, who must have suggested lots of bright red for excitement. Brightness helps a little, but otherwise the entire movie appears to have been assembled in the same mechanical way. Certainly some unimaginative travel agent chose the in-and-around-London locations: Trafalgar Square, the Zoo, the Royal Enclosure at Ascot. A consultant on film fads surely recommended the modish scenes of violence, since the villains pursuing Sophia Loren and Gregory Peck from one landmark to the next seldom just take out a gun and shoot. Instead, Director...

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