Mr. Arkadin (1962)
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as Gregory Arkadin
as Burgomil Trebitsch
as Jakob Zouk
as Guy Van Stratten
as Raina Arkadin
as The Professor
as Marquis of Rutleigh
as Baroness Nagel
as The Blonde in the Apartment
as Woman in Apartment
Critic Reviews for Mr. Arkadin
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.
Audience Reviews for Mr. Arkadin
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.
A "brilliant disaster" is the perfect definition of this strange work.
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!!
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