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 cut is known as the Corinth version and was unearthed by filmmaker-writer Peter Bogdanovich (“This Is Orson Welles,” 1992), in the early 1960s, in the vaults of film distributors M&A Alexander. Based on statements made by Welles and editor Renzo Lucidi, the Corinth version is thought to be the latest extant version to have been under Welles’s control.