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Also known as Mr. Arkadin, this flawed late effort by director Orson Welles recalls the structure of Citizen Kane, centering around an investigation into the past of a powerful millionaire. This time around, however, the millionaire is very much alive; in fact, it is Gregory Arkadin (Welles) himself who orders the inquiry, claiming to suffer from amnesia. The investigator soon gets a taste of the difficulty of his task, however, when several witnesses to Arkadin's past suspiciously turn up dead. Indeed, the closer he comes to the truth about Arkadin, the more he fears that he himself may be the next victim. While it aspires to intense suspense, Confidential Report suffers more than most of Welles' films from budgetary limitations and erratic shooting habits, with the final result often seeming choppy and needlessly confusing. Nevertheless, any Welles effort is by definition at least partially worthwhile, if only for further demonstration of his brilliant visual sensibility.~Judd Blaise
Audio commentary by scholars Jonathan Rosenbaum & James Naremore
Interview with Orson Welles biographer Simon Callow and star Robert Arden
Interview with director Peter Bogdanovich
Interview with film archivists Stephan Droessler & Claude Bertennes
Three half-hour episodes of the radio program "The Lives of Harry Lime"
Outtakes, rushes, and alternate scenes from the film
Extensive stills gallery
Orson WellesGregory Arkadin
Jack WatlingMarquis of Rutleigh
Michael RedgraveBurgomil Trebitsch
Akim TamiroffJakob Zouk
Mischa AuerThe Professor
Robert ArdenGuy Van Stratten
Paola MoriRaina Arkadin
Peter Van EyckThaddeus
Suzanne FlonBaroness Nagel
Tamara ShayneWoman in Apartment
Paul MisrakiComposer (Music Score)
Orson WellesArt Director
Gil ParrondoSet Designer
Luis Perez EspinosaSet Designer
Orson WellesCostume Designer
Year of Release
3 Discs, With Book, Criterion Collection, DVD
Black & White
The Complete Mr. Arkadin (a.k.a. Confidential Report) [3 Discs] [With Book] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] 
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Rated 1 out of 5 stars
The Best thing about this Poor affair was Cover
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Do Not Buy
This is a shoddy Public Domain print of one of Welles masterworks.
Everything is bad the menu is cheap the colors are washed out the sound quality is atrocious replete with hisses and static.
Spend the extra cash for the Criterion Collection of Mr Arkadin
but dont waste it on this because its such a poor print as to be
unwatchable. I gave my copy away because I was too lazy to return
it but I should have because its a Terrible print of a very Great Film.