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Mr. Arkadin (1955)

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

Director:

Orson Welles

Writers:

Orson Welles (story), Orson Welles (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Frédéric O'Brady ... Oscar (as O'Brady)
Tamara Shayne Tamara Shayne ... Woman in Apartment (as Tamara Shane)
Terence Longdon ... Secretary (as Terence Langdon)
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Storyline

From the lips of a dying man at a dimly-lit Italian dock, Guy Van Stratten, the disreputable American fortune hunter, receives invaluable information about the powerful financial titan, Gregory Arkadin. In high hopes that something good might come of it, Guy finally approaches the multi-million tycoon intent on exploiting him, only to be mysteriously hired by Mr Arkadin, to reconstruct his murky past history prior to 1927 instead. But, as the methodical detective scours the globe to put together the dangerously knotty puzzle, people end up dead, gradually closing in on Van Stratten who begins to shed light on this murderously difficult assignment. Are those cases linked together? In the end, has the reclusive magnate something to hide? Written by Nick Riganas

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Discovering the past can be murder... See more »


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Country:

France | Spain | Switzerland

Language:

English | German | French | Polish

Release Date:

2 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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| | (TCM print) | (2006 Restored Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Ultraviolet High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When he meets Guy van Stratten, Jakob Zouk's beard is much heavier in close-ups. See more »

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Woman in Apartment: Hey, Mister?
Jakob Zouk: [Hears band playing Silent Night outside the Apartment] I ain't heard that piece in 14 years.
Woman in Apartment: Get into bed!
Jakob Zouk: That's something else I ain't heard in 14 years. Too late.
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Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
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Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Played by the band outside Zouk's apartment building
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Erasing One's Past
12 April 2007 | by bkoganbingSee 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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