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Mr. Arkadin1962

Mr. Arkadin (1962)



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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 (26) | 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.

March 11, 2013

Engaging meller it may be, but missing the incisive delineation that marked Kane.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Failure or not, it's irresistible.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A film, which, for all its strangeness, is seldom less than brilliant.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
Top Critic

For all of the film's perversity, there is greatness in it -- a greatness harshly criticizing itself.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Beneath the baroque extravagance of its style, and the characteristic romantic retreat from reality into another Xanadu, the film crumbles emptily away.

March 18, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


A "brilliant disaster" is the perfect definition of this strange work.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


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!!

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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