Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report) (1962)
Stylish thriller about a mysterious billionaire who insists he's an amnesiac, and hires a man to investigate the facts of his past. But every witness to the life of Gregory Arkadin winds up getting murdered. A wild assortment of character actors and the visual flair of director Orson Welles results in a bizarre, memorable adventure. (Alternate title: Mr. Arkadin)
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report)
This fractured Citizen Kane, built of frames within frames and mirrors within mirrors, is aptly brought to life by Welles's later style, born of low budgets and high anxiety, its grotesque closeups and cocked angles suggesting worlds and minds askew.
Engaging meller it may be, but missing the incisive delineation that marked Kane.
For all of the film's perversity, there is greatness in it -- a greatness harshly criticizing itself.
a mesmerizing experience, a schizoid crime caper that's half-potboiler and half-reverie
Arkadin is a rotter from the start; we couldn't care less about his life or death.
While the plot sometimes seems too fragmented for its own good, Welles' consistently inventive imagery nevertheless ensures that the action remains thoroughly engrossing.
This is a brilliant disaster... some of the highest class trash you'll ever get to see.
the film suffers not from Welles' absence but rather from any reason for us to care about Arkadin
Endlessly inventive thriller, with spectacular visual style from Welles.
A spectacular film, a complete and total Orson Welles film with his unique fingerprints all over it. I wouldn't swap it for a dozen other films.
This is a sprawling complex mystery that, while it's sometimes too tangled for its own good, has an absorbing central story.
A fascinating Wellesian mess
Audience Reviews for Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report)
Flawed by no little reasons like an obvious low budget and flimsy storyline. Still, Welles and his baroque style were able to make mediocrity not only bearable, but sometimes captivating.More
After watching Mr. Arkadin twice (once to see it and once again to attempt to understand it) I'm compelled to examine the inspirational possibilities.
LSD was invented in the 1930's but didn't come into popular recreational use until the 1960's. Mr. Arkadin was released in 1955. Rule that out.
Crack didn't become mainstream until the early 1980's. Scratch that one.
Federico Fellini made his first film in 1950, a mere five years prior. A possible but unlikely influence.
The best bet is that Orson just, somehow, lost artistic control and the film was cut, re-edited, dubbed, re-dubbed, lost, found, re-re-dubbed, and released.
As freakishly bizarre as this all sounds, the film still warrants 4 & 1/2 stars. Imagine how high it could have been had it made sense!!
Orson Welles' style in Mr. Arkadin is every bit as dynamic as it was with Citizen Kane. Unfortunately they're both equally as jumpy and sometimes messy. The movie's lavish style frequently takes a back seat to Welles' pretentiousness and whoever did the dubbing and horribly matched the sound to the film should be shot. Poala Mori was gorgeous but this movie isn't anything to wrap your legs around more than once. Recommended viewing for Welles fans but otherwise forget about it.More
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