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Confidential Report (1955)

Mr. Arkadin (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 October 1962 (USA)
An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin...placing himself in grave danger.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Burgomil Trebitsch
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Mily
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Jakob Zouk
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The Professor
Paola Mori ...
Raina Arkadin
Katina Paxinou ...
Sophie
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Bracco
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Thaddeus
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Baroness Nagel
Robert Arden ...
Guy Van Stratten
Jack Watling ...
Marquis of Rutleigh
Frédéric O'Brady ...
Oscar (as O'Brady)
Tamara Shayne ...
Woman in Apartment (as Tamara Shane)
Terence Longdon ...
Secretary (as Terence Langdon)
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Storyline

Guy Van Stratten, American smuggler, leaves an Italian prison term with one asset, a dying man's words about wealthy, mysterious Gregory Arkadin. Guy finds it most pleasant to investigate Arkadin though his lovely daughter Raina, her father's idol. To get rid of Guy, Arkadin claims amnesia about his own life prior to 1927, sending Guy off to investigate Arkadin's unknown past. Guy's quest spans many countries and eccentric characters who contribute clues. But the real purpose of Guy's mission proves deadly; can Guy himself survive it? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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2 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Dossier secret  »

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(RCA Ultraviolet High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Until recently, the version in possession of Corinth Films was generally regarded closest to Orson Welles's cut. In April of 2006, the Criterion Collection released a comprehensive three-DVD set of the film, featuring three versions: the "Corinth" version, "Confidential Report" (the European cut), and the newly edited "Comprehensive" version. Each version contains a few shots or lines that are missing from the other two. Because the film was taken out of Welles' control in post-production, we will never know exactly what he had in mind for the complex flashback structure he spoke of later in his life. See more »

Goofs

A shot near the end of the movie, with Raina resting her head on the steering wheel of her car, is extended by looping the film several times. This becomes obvious because a man's shadow keeps appearing and disappearing in a gate behind her. See more »

Quotes

Guy Van Stratten: Well, you know me.
Raina Arkadin: Do I?
Guy Van Stratten: Maybe not yet, honey, but you're going to.
Raina Arkadin: Ha-ha-ha.
Guy Van Stratten: What's so comical?
Raina Arkadin: I like your being tough, its just too bad you're such a corn ball.
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Connections

Featured in The Society of the Spectacle (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Played by the band outside Zouk's apartment building
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Erasing One's Past
12 April 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After seeing Gregoire Aslan knifed on a dock and hearing a couple of last words like Sophia and Mr. Arkadin, Robert Arden and girl friend Patricia Medina know at least part of it.

Mr. Arkadin refers to the mysterious gazillionaire played by Orson Welles. However Sophia is as elusive at first as the mysterious 'rosebud' in Citizen Kane.

Welles seeing that Arden is a man of wit and resource in the seamier side of life, hires him to find out about Sophia. In fact the story that Welles gives Arden is that before 1927 when he found himself in Zurich, Switzerland with several million francs, he has amnesia and has no memory of his past.

It's obviously a lie because one of the reasons that Arkadin is so mysterious is that he has steadfastly refused to be photographed. Not something someone would normally do unless they had a lot to hide.

Still Arden takes the assignment and it leads to some startling answers and puts Arden's life in peril.

Welles came up short with Mr. Arkadin. It's an intriguing story and has some good performances by the cast members already mentioned and people like Mischa Auer, Akim Tamiroff, Michael Redgrave, and Katina Paxinou from Welles's past. Problem is that Welles seems to be using a lot more in his bag of tricks than is necessary to tell the tale.

A little to arty for art's sake. Still it's an interesting story and well acted.


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