The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.
Guy Van Stratten, American smuggler, leaves an Italian prison term with one asset, a dying man's words about wealthy, mysterious Gregory Arkadin. Guy finds it most pleasant to investigate Arkadin though his lovely daughter Raina, her father's idol. To get rid of Guy, Arkadin claims amnesia about his own life prior to 1927, sending Guy off to investigate Arkadin's unknown past. Guy's quest spans many countries and eccentric characters who contribute clues. But the real purpose of Guy's mission proves deadly; can Guy himself survive it? Written by
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Until recently, the version in possession of Corinth Films was generally regarded closest to Orson Welles's cut. In April of 2006, the Criterion Collection released a comprehensive three-DVD set of the film, featuring three versions: the "Corinth" version, "Confidential Report" (the European cut), and the newly edited "Comprehensive" version. Each version contains a few shots or lines that are missing from the other two. Because the film was taken out of Welles' control in post-production, we will never know exactly what he had in mind for the complex flashback structure he spoke of later in his life. See more »
Orson Welles' prosthetic nose disappears when Arkadin meets with Jakob Zouk. See more »
Who is this man? You know we can't afford any trouble.
Guy Van Stratten:
Go get a doctor, quick!
Too late, for a doctor.
What about the police?
Try to keep them away. I-I don't want to spend my last few minutes with a lot of cops.
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Yes, compared to other Welles films, this one had been even more chopped up by his producers than "The Magnificent Ambersons" was. Yes, it's a hodge podge with quite a similar theme reminding the viewer of "Citizen Kane". It's also my favorite Orson Welles movie. Not the best, but my favorite.
There plenty of amazing acting and set pieces. Patricia Medina, Michael Redgrave, Akim Tamiroff, Mischa Auer, and especially Katina Paxinou all terrific. And beautiful Suzanne Flon, an obscure actress who also played a notable in John Huston's "Moulin Rogue" is seen here. There's plenty of typical, wonderful Welles directorial touches and set pieces.
Not to be missed.....Criteron really did a superb job piecing together the various version to create as close to Welles' own vision as was possible. Kudos to Peter Boganovich for his involvement.
Other than "Citizen Kane", most of Welles' films were botched up either by his own financial problems, Studio interference or just just plain weird bad luck. This new reconstruction puts "Mr. Arkadin", easily the most botched up of his films, on a level pegging and it's absolutely worth your time. (original review 2004, edited and updated 2008)
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