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Mr Arkadin

4

Orson's unfinished mystery

Another might-have-been masterpiece from Orson Welles, Mr. Arkadin (aka Confidential Report) has tantalising parallels with Citizen Kane.

Welles plays the title character – a powerful man with a dark secret – and the story is an investigation of his life.

But it was taken from Welles in the editing room and finished in a hurry, leaving extraordinary scenes beside abrupt cuts and clumsy dubbing.

With no director’s cut, this ‘comprehensive version’ from the 2006 R1 Criterion release features all known Welles-approved footage.

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