Mr. Arkadin


Mr. Arkadin

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A dying man's final words send two people to Gregory Arkadin, a mysterious and much-feared billionaire who lives in a Xanadu-like castle. Guy Van Stratten, an adventurer and fortune hunter, is interested in Arkadin's money -- and his daughter, Raina. Arkadin, overprotective of his daughter, has his "secretaries" prepare a damaging dossier on Van Stratten -- entitled "Confidential Report." But, Arkadin then makes a deal with Van Stratten -- he will pay the young man for preparing a similar file on him, for Mr. Arkadin says he remembers nothing about his past and does not know where he came from. Even his name is a mystery. Van Stratten's search for the truth about Arkadin's past takes him throughout Europe and to Mexico and features encounters with a variety of fabulously colorful characters.

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Orson Welles
as Gregory Arkadin
Michael Redgrave
as Burgomil Trebitsch
Akim Tamiroff
as Jakob Zouk
Robert Arden
as Guy Van Stratten
Paola Mori
as Raina Arkadin
Mischa Auer
as The Professor
Jack Watling
as Marquis of Rutleigh
Suzanne Flon
as Baroness Nagel
Tamara Shane
as The Blonde in the Apartment
Gordon Heath
as Pianist
Tamara Shayne
as Woman in Apartment
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Arkadin

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

  • 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.

    Mar 11, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Engaging meller it may be, but missing the incisive delineation that marked Kane.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Failure or not, it's irresistible.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A film, which, for all its strangeness, is seldom less than brilliant.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
    New York Times
    Top Critic
  • For all of the film's perversity, there is greatness in it -- a greatness harshly criticizing itself.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Self-indulgent camp by a master of visual effects who lavishes them on a dime-novel story fabricated by himself; great comedown from Citizen Kane.

    Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Arkadin

  • Jul 08, 2014
    One Orson Welles masterpiece that I did love however was Mr. Arkadin or Confidential Report. This is just a crazy series of events brilliantly played out by Welles and the gang. Rich characterizations.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    A "brilliant disaster" is the perfect definition of this strange work.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2011
    I'm sure that this jet setting spy story could have came off a little bit better providing two things. The cinetography was awful, it looks like it it was made in 1942 not 1962. The voices are badly overdubbed. There may be a reason that Orson Wellles star faded after Citizen Kane. He comes across as a completely insane person. A man hiring another man to investigate himself reminded me of Angel Heart with DeNiro & Rourke. Anyone who has seen The Crying Game and loves Forest Whitaker's qoute about the Frog and Scorpion story - this is where that came from.
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2009
    Unparalleled mystery with top-notch suspense. Welles expands his vision and technical abilities that were capable of confusing even those dumb turds that call themselves "critics" (the little review featured in Flixster is clearly written by a man who has no idea what he's talking about). Poetic when it isn't expected and terrifying in an exponential scale thanks to masterfully shot sequences, Mr. Arkadin is successful and landmark experimentation in any department. Marvellous! "Incoherent"? "Nonsense?" "An ambiguous mess?" "Failed narrative?" Jesus, people; get a brain! 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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