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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A favorite of film aficionados, Orson Welles’s 1955 Mr. Arkadin (a.k.a. Confidential Report), is one of the master’s most fascinating and puzzling films. Due to budget restraints, common in all of Welles’s European productions, Mr. Arkardin relies on the director’s visual ingenuity to cover obvious narrative and technical flaws. (Post-production meddling by the film’s producer resulted in further structural problems.) Arkardin has obvious thematic ties to Citizen Kane but is glaringly more stylized in execution and far less restrained in the performances of its principal actors. Welles plays Gregory Arkadin, a shadowy arch-capitalist who lives in a Spanish castle with his overprotected daughter (Paola Mori, at that time Welles’s wife). An amnesiac, Arkadin hires small-time American smuggler Guy van Stratten (Robert Arden) to investigate his past -- and to eliminate threats from the nefarious associates of his salad days. If the complexities of the plot never fully grip your attention, Welles’s directorial touch keeps the film consistently intriguing. Available in two titles and several differently edited versions, Mr. Arkadin never achieved much popular success, although its ultimate restoration remained a long-cherished dream of Welles partisans. The Criterion Collection finally assembles for the first time the film’s many faces -- from the story’s beginnings in radio to the novel published under Welles’s name to an all-new “comprehensive version” of the film.
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:
04/18/2006
UPC:
0037429207727
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
25,307

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by scholars Jonathan Rosenbaum & James Naremore; Interview with Orson Welles biographer Simon Callow and star Robert Arden; Interview with director Peter Bogdanovich; Interview with film archivists Stephan Droessler & Claude Bertennes; Three half-hour episodes of the radio program "The Lives of Harry Lime"; Outtakes, rushes, and alternate scenes from the film; Extensive stills gallery

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Complete Mr. Arkadin: The Corinth Version
1. Prologue/Opening Credits [3:11]
2. Jakob Zouk [2:06]
3. The Harbor at Naples [5:22]
4. Juan-les-Pins [4:34]
5. Hitching to Spain [1:58]
6. "Crazy Klu Kluxers" [2:50]
7. Spies Everywhere [1:24]
8. "Do You Know Goya?" [6:36]
9. "The Scorpion and the Frog" [1:34]
10. "The Great Secret of My Life" [6:22]
11. Impossible to Trace [1:26]
12. Mily's Cruise [3:22]
13. Copenhagen Flea Circus [2:57]
14. Tangiers to Amsterdam [5:47]
15. The Baroness [4:28]
16. A Paris Hotel Room [3:18]
17. Oskar [2:34]
18. Sophie [6:59]
19. Neptune in Mexico [3:17]
20. "No Memory at All" [1:35]
21. "Christmas Merry!" [1:28]
22. Arkadin's Christmas Party [4:42]
23. Zouk's Pants [6:15]
24. Goose Liver [2:25]
25. A Dangerous Man [4:51]
26. "I Must Be on That Plane!" [2:18]
27. "The Real Truth" [6:08]
1. The Origins of Mr. Arkadin [3:11]
2. Robert Arden/Multiple Genres [2:06]
3. Welles's Style/The Grotesque [5:22]
4. Ugly Americans [4:34]
5. Paranoia and the Cold War [1:58]
6. The Modern and the Medieval [2:50]
7. Premodern Street Life [1:24]
8. Goya and the Grotesque [6:36]
9. The Confidential Report Dream [1:34]
10. Arkadin's Subtexts [6:22]
11. The "Around the World" Motif [1:26]
12. Visual Disorientation [3:22]
13. Welles's Postsync Dubbing [2:57]
14. Perversity [5:47]
15. Countryless Artistocrats [4:28]
16. Billie Whitelaw [3:18]
17. Welles Sued by His Producer [2:34]
18. Nostalgia [6:59]
19. Portrait of a European Tycoon [3:17]
20. The Novel [1:35]
21. The Novel, Continued [1:28]
22. Welles's Party Set Pieces [4:42]
23. Akim Tamiroff [6:15]
24. Welles and Old Age [2:25]
25. Power [4:51]
26. Welles's Late Career [2:18]
27. Welles and Closure [6:08]
1. "Man of Mystery," Aired April 11, 1952 [28:31]
2. "Murder on the Riviera," Aired May 23, 1952 [28:03]
3. "Blackmail Is a Nasty Word," Aired June 13, 1952 [29:04]
Disc #2 -- The Complete Mr. Arkadin: Confidential Report
1. Prologue/Opening Credits [3:04]
2. Jakob Zouk [2:15]
3. The Harbor at Naples [4:23]
4. Juan-les-Pins [4:54]
5. Hitching to Spain [2:04]
6. "Crazy Klu Kluxers" [2:53]
7. Spies Everywhere [1:49]
8. "Do You Know Goya?" [5:30]
9. Dream of a Graveyard [2:19]
10. "The Scorpion and the Frog" [1:31]
11. "The Great Secret of My Life" [5:49]
12. Guy's First Lead [1:20]
13. Copenhagen Flea Circus [2:39]
14. Tangiers to Amsterdam [5:51]
15. Mily's Cruise [3:18]
16. The Baroness [4:29]
17. A Paris Hotel Room [3:17]
18. Oskar [1:26]
19. Sophie [6:56]
20. Neptune in Mexico [3:19]
21. "No Memory at All" [:42]
22. "Christmas Merry!" [1:29]
23. Arkadin's Christmas Party [4:44]
24. Zouk's Pants [6:06]
25. Goose Liver [2:15]
26. A Dangerous Man [4:53]
27. "I Must Be on That Plane!" [2:17]
28. "The Real Truth" [6:07]
Disc #3 -- The Complete Mr. Arkadin: The Comprehensive Version
1. Prologue [2:28]
2. Jakob Zouk [2:04]
3. The Harbor at Naples [5:21]
4. Juan-les-Pins [6:04]
5. Hitching to Spain [2:08]
6. "Crazy Klu Kluxers" [2:51]
7. Spies Everywhere [1:48]
8. "Do You Know Goya?" [5:39]
9. Dream of a Graveyard [2:18]
10. "The Scorpion and the Frog" [1:33]
11. "The Great Secret of My Life" [6:45]
12. Impossible to Trace [1:24]
13. Mily's Cruise [3:26]
14. Copenhagen Flea Circus [2:54]
15. Tangiers to Amsterdam [6:15]
16. The Baroness [4:29]
17. A Paris Hotel Room [3:19]
18. Oskar [2:34]
19. Neptune in Mexico [3:14]
20. Sophie [6:55]
21. "No Memory at All" [1:34]
22. "Christmas Merry!" [1:27]
23. Arkadin's Christmas Party [4:43]
24. Zouk's Pants [6:14]
25. Goose Liver [2:25]
26. A Dangerous Man [4:51]
27. "I Must Be on That Plane!" [2:18]
28. "The Real Truth" [9:05]

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