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The Complete Mr. Arkadin

Orson Welles

 
The Complete Mr. Arkadin (Criterion DVD)

DVD

3 Discs

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  • United States
  • 1955
  • 105 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #322

Orson Welles’s Mr. Arkadin (a.k.a. Confidential Report) tells the story of an elusive billionaire who hires an American smuggler to investigate his past, leading to a dizzying descent into a cold-war European landscape. The film’s history is also marked by this vertigo. There are at least eight Mr. Arkadins: three radio plays, a novel, several long-lost cuts, and the controversial European release known as Confidential Report. Criterion gathered all of these elements to create this landmark box set—which also includes outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage, and a new comprehensive version of the film—at last unraveling one of cinema’s great mysteries.

Cast

Gregory ArkadinOrson Welles
Raina ArkadinPaola Mori
Guy van Stratten Robert Arden
MilyPatricia Medina
Jakob ZoukAkim Tamiroff
BraccoGrégoire Aslan
Bob, the Marquis of Rutleigh Jack Watling
The professorMischa Auer
TadeusPeter Van Eyck
Bergomil Trebitsch Michael Redgrave
Baroness NagelSuzanne Flon
OskarFrédéric O’Brady
SophieKatina Paxinou
Woman in apartmentTamara Shayne

Credits

DirectorOrson Welles
Original storyOrson Welles
ScreenplayOrson Welles
ProducerJean Bourgoin
MusicPaul Misraki
Executive producerLouis Dolivet

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION THREE-DISC SET:

  • 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
  • An interview with Welles biographer Simon Callow, featuring his audio interview with star Robert Arden
  • Three half-hour episodes of the radio program The Lives of Harry Lime, upon which the film is based, and an interview with producer Harry Alan Towers
  • On the Comprehensive Version, a new documentary featuring interviews with film historian Stefan Drössler and Claude Bertemes and Welles confidant Bogdanovich
  • Outtakes, rushes, and alternate scenes from the film
  • Extensive stills gallery
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Mr. Arkadin, the novel, with a new preface by Robert Polito, and a booklet featuring J. Hoberman, Rosenbaum, film historian François Thomas, and Drössler on the three versions; and a time line of Arkadin-related events

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Welles Amazed: The Lives of Mr. Arkadin

By J. HobermanApril 17, 2006

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Interviews

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Video


Clippings

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Film Essays

Welles Amazed: The Lives of Mr. Arkadin

By J. HobermanApril 17, 2006

Another movie, another cause célèbre: Orson Welles’s Mr. Arkadin has been dismissed as a . . . Read more »