Directed by Orson Welles • 1955 • United States
Starring Orson Welles, Paola Mori, Robert Arden
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. This version is new, and represents a “best guess” approach by film historians and archivists Stefan Drössler and Claude Bertemes. It follows Welles’s later statements, style, and continuity clues, and includes as much existing footage as possible.