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Complete Mr. Arkadin - A.K.A. Confidential Report
     

The Complete Mr. Arkadin - A.K.A. Confidential Report

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Director: Orson Welles, Michael Redgrave, Jack Watling, Patricia Medina

Cast: Orson Welles, Michael Redgrave, Jack Watling, Patricia Medina

 

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Also known as Mr. Arkadin, this flawed late effort by director Orson Welles recalls the structure of Citizen Kane, centering around an investigation into the past of a powerful millionaire. This time around, however, the millionaire is very much alive; in fact, it is Gregory Arkadin (Welles) himself who orders the inquiry, claiming to suffer from amnesia

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Also known as Mr. Arkadin, this flawed late effort by director Orson Welles recalls the structure of Citizen Kane, centering around an investigation into the past of a powerful millionaire. This time around, however, the millionaire is very much alive; in fact, it is Gregory Arkadin (Welles) himself who orders the inquiry, claiming to suffer from amnesia. The investigator soon gets a taste of the difficulty of his task, however, when several witnesses to Arkadin's past suspiciously turn up dead. Indeed, the closer he comes to the truth about Arkadin, the more he fears that he himself may be the next victim. While it aspires to intense suspense, Confidential Report suffers more than most of Welles' films from budgetary limitations and erratic shooting habits, with the final result often seeming choppy and needlessly confusing. Nevertheless, any Welles effort is by definition at least partially worthwhile, if only for further demonstration of his brilliant visual sensibility.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Financed by Spanish and Swiss sources, and shot on a minuscule budget in Germany, France, and Spain, Mr. Arkadin (1955) was another Orson Welles tale of power, corruption, and the unraveling of a great man's mystery by an intrepid investigator. Conceived as Citizen Kane European-style and shot with Welles' customary skewed angles and high contrast black-and-white, the movie makes the most of its locations and palatial interiors to communicate Arkadin's seemingly unfathomable potency and inscrutable motives. Increasing the story's decadent aura, the reporter is a shady, fortune-hunting traveler hired by Arkadin under flimsy pretexts. Rather than Kane's extended flashbacks, however, Arkadin's past is pieced together through the verbal memories of a gallery of grotesque former associates, including a flea circus wrangler who feeds his insects with his own blood. Welles as Arkadin is a bearded gargoyle, hiding behind masks, shadows, and dark glasses. Like Kane, Arkadin remains an enigma, although the film's rough sound occasionally enhances his obscurity. Dubbed in Spanish and English, Mr. Arkadin was released in Europe in 1955 as Confidential Report; it was not released in America until 1962.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2015
UPC:
0637801681369
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Desert Island Films
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
15,780

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Gregory Arkadin
Michael Redgrave Burgomil Trebitsch
Jack Watling Marquis of Rutleigh
Patricia Medina Mily
Akim Tamiroff Jakob Zouk
Robert Arden Guy Van Stratten
Mischa Auer The Professor
Paola Mori Raina Arkadin
Katina Paxinou Sophie
Gregoire Aslan Bracco
Peter Van Eyck Thaddeus
Suzanne Flon Baroness Nagel
Gordon Heath Pianist
Tamara Shayne Woman in Apartment
Frederick O'Brady Oscar

Technical Credits
Orson Welles Director,Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Jean Bourgoin Cinematographer
Luis Perez Espinosa Set Decoration/Design
Renzo Lucidi Editor
Paul Misraki Score Composer
Gil Parrondo Set Decoration/Design
Frank Prosper Set Decoration/Design

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