Mr. Arkadin: The Confidential Report Version

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Released 1962

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Director:
Orson Welles
Released:
1962
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Guy Van Stratten, an unscrupulous small-time American smuggler in Naples, unintentionally finds himself at the scene of a murder, whose victim whispers the name of mystery-man millionaire Gregory Arkadin before dying. Van Stratten talks his way into a meeting with the very wealthy and powerful Arkadin, who reveals that he has no memory of his personal history before 1927, and hires Van Stratten to research it for him. Stratten scours the world for signs of the man's past and makes several startling discoveries - including the likelihood of his own imminent death.

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Mischa Auer and Frederic O'Brady were both dubbed by Orson Welles, who also provides narration and the voice coming over an airport tannoy system.

      • This film was inspired by an episode of a radio series, "The Adventures Of Harry Lime", in which Orson Welles starred for the BBC in the early 1950s. Welles later described the plot as "the best commercial idea for a story I ever had".

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Jacob Zouk: [on being told he is about to be murdered]: I'm a dying man with no money. Someone wants to kill me, he's wasting his time.

      • Gregory Arkadin: In this world, there are those who give and those who ask, those who do not care to give and those who do not dare to ask. You dared, but you were never quite sure what you were asking for.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Paola Mori's role was dubbed by the then-little-known Billie Whitelaw.

      • The role of Raina was not Paola Mori's only film part, as is sometimes reported, but it was certainly her biggest one, and her last. She married Orson Welles in 1955, soon after the film's completion, and remained married to him for the subsequent thirty years of his life. In real life, she was the Princess di Girfalco. She died almost exactly a year after her husband, in a car crash.

      • Orson Welles designed the sets and costumes for this film without taking credit for either.

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