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Writers:
Orson Welles (story)
Orson Welles (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 October 1962 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Two words whispered, two men dead... See more »
Plot:
An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin...placing himself in grave danger. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A fun, artistic, insane, and startling film from Orson Welles. See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Orson Welles ... Gregory Arkadin

Michael Redgrave ... Burgomil Trebitsch

Patricia Medina ... Mily

Akim Tamiroff ... Jakob Zouk

Mischa Auer ... The Professor
Paola Mori ... Raina Arkadin
Katina Paxinou ... Sophie
Grégoire Aslan ... Bracco

Peter van Eyck ... Thaddeus
Suzanne Flon ... 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)
Annabel Buffet ... Parisian woman with bread (as Annabel)

Gert Fröbe ... First Policeman - Munich (as Gert Frobe)
Eduard Linkers ... Second Policeman - Munich (as Eduard Linker)
Manuel Requena ... General Martinez
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedro Vidal
Emilio Fornet ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Manolita G. Fraile ... (uncredited)
José González Talavera ... (uncredited)
Mateo Guitart ... (uncredited)
Gordon Heath ... Pianist (uncredited)
Gary Land ... (uncredited)
Vicente Martín ... (uncredited)
Sergio Mendizábal ... (uncredited)
Anne-Marie Mersen ... Uncredited (uncredited)
Antonio Molino Rojo ... (uncredited)
Sergio Orta ... (uncredited)
Carmen Rambla ... (uncredited)
Gustavo Re ... Italian police in Naples port (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Airport Control Tower Operator (uncredited)
Emilio G. Ruiz ... (uncredited)
Jacinto San Emeterio ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Orson Welles 
 
Writing credits
Orson Welles (story)

Orson Welles (screenplay)

Produced by
Louis Dolivet .... producer
Orson Welles .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Misraki 
 
Cinematography by
Jean Bourgoin 
 
Film Editing by
Renzo Lucidi 
William Morton (uncredited)
Orson Welles (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Orson Welles (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Gil Parrondo (uncredited)
Luis Pérez Espinosa (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Orson Welles (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Arcadio Ochoa .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Francisco Puyol .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Michel Boisrond .... production manager (uncredited)
Juan N. Solórzano .... production manager: Spain (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Isidoro M. Ferry .... assistant director (as Ferri)
José María Ochoa .... assistant director (as Jose Mario Ochoa)
José Luis de la Serna .... assistant director (as De La Serna)
 
Art Department
Francisco Prósper .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Enrique de la Riva .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound re-recordist (as Jacques Carrere)
Jacques Lebreton .... sound
Jaime Torrens .... sound engineer: Spain (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Rodier .... camera operator
Louis Stein .... camera operator
Félix Mirón .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Julio Ortas .... still photographer (uncredited)
Rafael Pacheco .... still photographer (uncredited)
Raúl Pérez Cubero .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Colette Cueille .... assistant editor
Lolita López .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Antoñita Moreno .... saeta singer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Johanna Harwood .... script clerk (as Johanna Horward)
Jacques Laird .... researcher (as Jacqueline Laird)
Julio de Fleischner .... supervising director (uncredited)
Alfredo Ruescas .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tadeo Villalba .... production assistant (uncredited)
Billie Whitelaw .... dubbed voice: Paola Mori (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
93 min | France:95 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:98 min (TCM print) | USA:105 min (2006 Restored Version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Ultraviolet High Fidelity Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
The credits read "And introducing Paola Mori". However, she had been in at least four films prior to this. The credits also imply the "And introducing" refers to Robert Arden as well, who also had had at least two credited big screen performances.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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:
Gregory Arkadin:A scorpion wanted to cross a river, so he asked the frog to carry him. The frog refused because the scorpion would sting him. That would not be logical, explained the scorpion, because if he stung the frog they would both drown. So the frog agreed to carry the scorpion. Half way across, the frog felt a terrible pain - the scorpion had stung him. There is no logic in this, exclaimed the frog. I know, replied the scorpion, but I cannot help it - it is my nature.See more »
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41 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
A fun, artistic, insane, and startling film from Orson Welles., 7 November 2003
Author: Ymir4 from WA

This is a brilliant, beautiful, and almost dangerously unconventional independent production from Orson Welles in 1955. The story follows a small-time blackmailer named Guy Van Stratten (Arden) who meets and falls in love with Raina Arkadin (Paola Mori, who was Welles' third wife), who is resistant of his love for her at first. But he presists and they travel to Spain together, where she soon falls in love with him. In love, they attend a magnificent masquerade ball at a castle, where Stratten meets her father: the mysterious amnesiac billionaire Gregory Arkadin (Welles). Arkadin proposes to Stratten a deal, to research Arkadin's own mysterious past, and in turn, getting a chance to marry Raina. This leads Stratten all over the globe in search of information about Arkadin, including a visit to a flea circus (you read that right). This film is wonderfully confusing, heavily stylized, and also campy. The acting strikes me as very film noir-ish, which makes things all the more fun.

Paul Misraki was a French composer who isn't well-known today (though one of his notable assignments was scoring Godard's Alphaville). I must comment on his score for `Confidential Report,' which is not only serviceable but also a lot of fun, and much of it reminded me of Nino Rota. Misraki's main titles for the film start out with a very bouncy gypsy/carnival-esque theme, then seuging into a slow marching waltz. In the party scenes, he varieties his theme to slow big band cues (Rota did the same thing).

The black and white cinematography is quite a feast.in fact, it is intoxicatingly awesome. More arty camera angles than probably any other film I've ever seen. I can definitely see how the fast-paced editing with the multiple camera angles inspired such directors as Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and later Martin Scorsese and Peter Bogdanovich. However, what was the most surprising about this film was the masquerade ball, which was carnival-esque and insane, with people in masks mocking the camera, smiling at it, winking at it, running at it, dancing into it, and storms of people walking in front of it. I felt like I was watching a Federico Fellini film, directed by Orson Welles. This scene had all of the madness and carnivalisms of Fellini, with the camera angles and editing of Welles. What a treat!

Unfortunately, this film surfaces in many different versions. If you are compelled to see it, absolutely don't, under any circumstance, get the DVD from laserlight. It is a cropped (yes, cropped from 1.37.you don't even get all of the square frame!), unrestored, public domain print that looks like it was buried for 30 years. Worst of all, the DVD is cut by ten minutes, apparently deleting the film's important dream-like structure! The version I have, which is of terrific quality, is from Home Vision Entertainment, and is on VHS. The DVD company Criterion owns the rights to this, and sometime in the next few years they will release this on DVD, that is years though.until then, this nice VHS copy will do. This is a film I could probably watch 100 times and never tire of it. It's a feast of artistic camera angles. If you love this kind of stuff, check it out.but only the Home Vision version!

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