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Confidential Report (1955)

Mr. Arkadin (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 October 1962 (USA)
An elusive billionaire hires an American smuggler to investigate his past, leading to a dizzying descent into a cold-war European landscape.

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 out of it, Guy finally approaches the cryptic multi-million tycoon, intent on exploiting him; instead, the ambitious opportunist finds himself mysteriously hired by Mr Arkadin, to reconstruct the history of his murky past before 1927. However, 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 now 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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Two words whispered, two men dead... See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Different cast order in movie versions:

Mr Arkadin (English version): Mr Arkadin. The cast in order of appearance: Akim Tamiroff, Grégoire Aslan, Patricia Medina, Jack Watling, Orson Welles, Mischa Auer, Peter van Eyck, Michael Redgrave, Suzanne Flon, O'Brady, Katina Paxinou, Tamara Shane, and introducing... Paola Mori, Robert Arden, with Terence Langdon, Annabel, Gert Frobe, Eduard Linker, Manuel Requena

Confidential Report (English version): Orson Welles in Confidential Report. The cast in order of appearance: Akim Tamiroff, Grégoire Aslan, Patricia Medina, Jack Watling, Orson Welles, Mischa Auer, Peter van Eyck, Michael Redgrave, Suzanne Flon, O'Brady, Katina Paxinou, Tamara Shane, and introducing... Paola Mori, Robert Arden, with Terence Langdon, Annabel, Gert Frobe, Eduard Linker, Manuel Requena

Mr Arkadin (Spanish version): Mr Arkadin. Cast in order of appearance: Akim Tamiroff, Gregoire Aslan, Patricia Medina, Jack Watling, Orson Welles, Mischa Auer, Peter Van Eyck, Michael Redgrave, Amparo Rivelles, O'Brady, Irene Lopez Heredia, Tamara Shane, Introducing Paola Mori, Bob Harden. With Gustavo Re, Manuel Requena, Emilio Ruiz, Jacinto San Emeterio, Gary Land, Sergio Orta, Jose Talavera, Arcadio Ochoa, Mateo Guitart, Manolita Garcia, Pedro Vidal, Hermenegildo Igarzabal, Andres M. Palacio, Antonio Molino Rojo, G. Castro, Vicente Martin Falomir, Aurelio G. Gordillo, Carmen Rambla, Angel Diaz Palencia. With the special collaboration of Antoñita Moreno singing an arrow. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Guy Van Stratten: Like I say, I had no time for the cigarette smuggling, they confiscated my boat, I was broke. So, when I got out, I had nothing else to do but look around and ask questions. Well, Mily wasn't waiting for me at the prison gates, but, I traced her down... to a nightclub, where she was doing a bubble dance.
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Alternate Versions

There are five versions of the film, Mr. Arkadin. -There is the public domain version, the one most common in America. After the opening credits, it begins with Van Stratten's narration on the docks. It is told in linear time. -There is the European version, called Confidential Report. It has footage of papier maché bats in the credits, and has some footage not seen in the public domain version. It is told in flashbacks. -There is the version currently in possession of Corinth Films. According to Welles friend Peter Bogdanovich, this version and its first four scenes correspond directly to Orson Welles' intentions. It is told in flashbacks. -There is a Spanish language version that corresponds directly to the Corinth version. However, the roles played by Katina Paxinou and Suzanne Flon are now played by Spanish actresses (Irene López Heredia and Amparo Rivelles). -As of 2005, there is a version being prepared by the Munich Filmmuseum that not only contains footage found in different versions of the film, but also corresponds as closely as possible to the complete intentions of Orson Welles. See more »

Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

O Tannenbaum
(uncredited)
Traditional tune
Played by the band outside Zouk's apartment building
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A fun, artistic, insane, and startling film from Orson Welles.
7 November 2003 | by Ymir4See all my reviews

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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Release Date:

2 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,528
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Ultraviolet High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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