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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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France | Spain | Switzerland

Language:

English | German | French | Polish

Release Date:

2 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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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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Trivia

In the Spanish version of this film, Suzanne Flon was replaced by Amparo Rivelles. See more »

Goofs

Orson Welles' prosthetic nose disappears when Arkadin meets with Jakob Zouk. 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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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 »

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An Enigma Unto Itself
16 August 2006 | by shanejamesbordasSee all my reviews

Essentially, 'Mr. Arkadin' is Orson Welles' attempt in using cinema to elevate Pulp into Myth. Based on "a lot of bad radio scripts" (in Welles' words) written for the Harry Lime radio shows, one could also read it as a more personal attempt to free himself from the shackles of 'Citizen Kane' (with which it has numerous , although superficial, parallels) and be reborn as a Europeoan filmmaker. The fact that (again) Welles was restricted by budget and eventually dismissed from the editing room due to the commercial concerns of his producer Louis Dolivet does not diminish what is still a highly intriguing work. In fact, 'Mr. Arkadin' has become something of an enigma unto itself and the story of it's creation and subsequent undoing is as fascinating as the film itself.

For those interested in investigating further, The Criterion Collection have done a wonderful 3 disc edition which collates all the available edits (including two Spanish versions which are known, hilariously, by the unexplained mis-crediting of the lead actor!?) and working them into a 'final' version hinted at by Welles' notes and conversations with the ubiquitous Peter Bogdanovich (who also features in the documentary, unsurprisingly). This 'final' version, while far from perfect, restores the original flashback structure as well as the original beginning and ending sequences. On the first disc, however, is the 'Corinth' version (originally discovered by Bogdanovich) that already incorporates some of the author's original intentions. This particular edit also features a highly illuminating commentary track by Welles scholars Jonathan Rosenbaum and James Naremore who consider this version to be the most satisfying. Also included are three mp3's of the aforementioned Harry Lime radio plays that had a direct influence on the story, featurettes by Welles biographer and actor Simon Callow, and a highly welcome reprint of the Mr. Arkadin novel (or novelisation? - you decide) with an excellent newly commissioned introduction by Robert Polito. All in all, this set is a must for the Welles aficionado and should be of interest to anyone with a true appreciation of cinema.


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