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Mr. Arkadin

Confidential Report

Directed by Orson Welles
France, Spain, 1955
Crime, Drama, Film noir


Guy Van Stratten, an American smuggler, is told by a dying man about the mysterious past of Gregory Arkadin, an elusive billionaire. When Guy meets Arkadin he is hired by him to investigate Arkadin’s own past, leading to a dizzying descent into a Cold War European landscape.

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Mr. Arkadin Directed by Orson Welles

Critics reviews

With its crummy sets, crude dubbing, improvised accents, and expansive editing, MR. ARKADIN is the Welles film that most aggressively challenges the expectations of a paying audience. Like the work of Jack Smith, Ron Rice, or Stan Brakhage, MR. ARKADIN goads its viewers to ask that incredulous question, “How is this even a movie?”—which is, of course, a suggestive provocation and a necessary return to first principles.
July 24, 2015
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If we finally understand Arkadin, it’s that if he’s anyone at all, he’s the part of Welles that always only existed as a reflection and refraction of light—here splintered, contested and, finally, without the power he most craved: the ability to control his own image.
September 19, 2012
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It’s a fable of character, and this particular fable, partly the self-portrait of an artist, is justified intellectually by its violent opposition of truth to illusion. Ultimately, the illusion of Arkadin is far nobler than the truth of the American as character prevails over logic.
October 18, 1962
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