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Mr. Arkadin (3d-aka Confidential Report)

Director(s): Orson Welles

Theatrical Release: 1955

Cast: Orson Welles, Michael Redgrave, Jack Watling, Patricia Medina, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Arden

Genre(s): Thriller, psychological, mystery, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: United Kingdom, France, Spain

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Ant Rating
Running Time: 105m.

Also known as Mr. Arkadin, this flawed late effort by director Orson Welles recalls the structure of Citizen Kane, centering around an investigation into the past of a powerful millionaire. This time around, however, the millionaire is very much alive; in fact, it is Gregory Arkadin (Welles) himself who orders the inquiry, claiming to suffer from amnesia. The investigator soon gets a taste of the difficulty of his task, however, when several witnesses to Arkadin's past suspiciously turn up dead. Indeed, the closer he comes to the truth about Arkadin, the more he fears that he himself may be the next victim. While it aspires to intense suspense, Confidential Report suffers more than most of Welles' films from budgetary limitations and erratic shooting habits, with the final result often seeming choppy and needlessly confusing. Nevertheless, any Welles effort is by definition at least partially worthwhile, if only for further demonstration of his brilliant visual sensibility. -- Judd Blaise (


Criterion Collection 3-DVD Set #322 Special Features:

! New, restored high-definition digital transfers of three versions of the film: the Corinth Verion, Confidential Report, and a new Comprehensive Version

! Audio commentary by scholars Jonathan Rosenbaum and James Naremore

! Interviews with Welles biographer Simon Callow, star Robert Arden, radio producer Harry Alan Towers, director Peter Bogdanovich, and film archivists Stephan Droessler and Claude Bertemes

! Three half-hour episodes of the radio program The Lives of Harry Lime, upon which the film is based

! On the Comprehensive Version, a new documentary featuring Droessler, Bertemes, and Bogdanovich

! Outtakes, rushes, and alternate scenes from the film

! Extensive stills gallery

! Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing